30 October 2012

Gambia: The Innovativeness of Young People in Environmental Sanitation

Innovation is used in a lot of ways; I do not believe there can be even an exact yardstick to measure it. To me an innovative person/company is one that can put together things or ideas that other people haven't thought about. Indeed the members of the Young People Without Borders (YPWB) in Siffoe are innovative.

The Young People Without Borders (YPWB) is a community-based organization in Siffoe Village, Kombo South. The organization has built its resource centre in Siffoe Lower Basic School out of bottles and used plastic bags as can be seen in the pictures. The single-room house is now operating as the organization's resource center. It was officially inaugurated on Saturday.

Young People Without Borders seeks to encourage young people to actively participate in their own personal development to achieve self-confidence, self-reliance and self-realisation. The organisation operates to prepare youths to take serious measures to the challenges ahead of them and to enable them fit well in their own societies and effectively play their role as young people in national development endeavours.

Innovation is the development of new value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs in new ways. This is accomplished through different or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society. Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better and, as a result, novel idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself.

"The centre was built out of 1,920 bottles mainly collected as household refuses, thereby contributing to the reduction of environmental pollution" the chairperson of YPWB, Kalifa Kanteh told the gathering on Saturday. Due to its widespread effect, innovation is an important topic in the study of economics, business, entrepreneurship, design, technology, sociology, and engineering. In society, innovation aids in comfort, convenience, and efficiency in everyday life.

According to the words of Kanteh, there could only be a meaningful and sustainable development when people are united and work together towards a common objective, saying development work should always be recognised as a long-term process with lots of benefits.

The ceremony also witnessed the organisation's awarding of medals to ninety-six people for their outstanding support to the development of the communities.

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