The training of youth on guidance and counselling for the returnee’s management is part of the collective efforts of the Gambia Government and its development partners to tackle irregular youth migration and accelerate the collective efforts to re-integrate voluntary returnees back to the Gambian society and economy.
The Gambia National Youth Council (NYC) in collaboration with the Gambia Immigration Department (GID) organised the training and supported by the Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a four-year initiative implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in partnership with the Gambia Government and funded by the European Union.
This training of the youth counsellors served as a kick-off for a pilot programme to offer counselling for returning migrants supported by the YEP project. The counselling programme includes orientation of the returnees on the economic opportunities, skills development programmes and support mechanisms available in the Gambia and an assessment of interests, skill sets and needs for possible linkages with service providers.
Participants took part in Pre-Test on Aptitude Assessment and were trained on Techniques and Ethics of Guidance and Counselling, Smuggled Migrants’ Case Management, Psychological Distress, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, analysing Crisis Situation, developing and reporting Case scenarios, Psychological First Aid (PFA), Look, Listen and Link Principle, Communications Skills, Self and team care and Crisis Event Simulation. As a practical component, a live simulation exercise of receiving and providing humanitarian services, guidance and counselling to returnees was demonstrated in the early hours of the morning.