30 January 2013

Gambia: U.S.' Generation Change Launched in Gambia

The Gambia Chapter of the US State Department's Generation Change Initiative, a youth-driven global network dedicated to fostering the next generation of innovators and leaders in youth communities around the world, was launched Tuesday at the head office of The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) by the US Embassy in the country.

The activities of the initiative include the training of network members, support of member projects that foster the aims and objectives of the chapter and building of the global Generation Change network. The Gambia Chapter is managed in partnership with TANGO.

Speaking at the launching, the US ambassador to The Gambia, Edward M. Alford, said Generation Change in the Gambia and around the world represents the future as it connects the young leaders around the globe.

He noted that whilst globally over 50 percent of the world's population is under the age of 30, The Gambia has 65 to 70 percent of its population below that age.

Ambassador Alford averred that the youths have the capacity to ensure a dynamic, diverse and prosperous future, assuring that Generation Change would create a space for young people across various disciplines to come together and buster creative ideas.

"Starting today you are joining the young men and women of action around the world from US, Ghana, Jordan, and Indonesia among other countries. We will continue to create the platform and space for you to communicate with your peers around the world," he remarked.

TANGO's executive director, Ousman Yarbo, for his part, affirmed that his Association is committed to creating a conducive environment for interaction, discussion and exchange of ideas. Noting that the future is in the hands of the young people, Yarbo assured that they will provide the necessary environment for the members to exchange ideas.

A programme officer at TANGO, Madi Jobarteh, who also spoke at the occasion, congratulated the participants for being the first generation in The Gambia, and expressed hope that they will dedicate themselves to the programme.

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