The Gambian delegation to the bi-annual 4H Global Summit held in Ottawa, Canada from 11th to 15th July recently returned home, more inspired to champion the cause youths in national development.
Alieu Ceesay, programme director and Ousman Sonko, a board member of 4H Gambia, were among over 350 delegates from 30 countries that converged in Ottawa for this global conclave.
The summit, among others, was meant to bring young people together, promote and share ideas geared towards advancing the cause of young people. 4H is a global youth organization operating in over 70 countries and its concept is to combine fundamental attributes as a person and as a youth in particular, thereby contributing to one’s community and country.
In a recent interview with this medium, Alieu Ceesay, the programme director of 4H Gambia, underscored the importance of the bi-annual gathering, which according to him, is an important activity in 4H global calendar, as it provides a platform for member countries to share programmes aimed at enhancing youths empowerment.
According to him, 4H Gambia is very much committed to building partnership with organizations and institutions in advancing youth empowerment to attain livelihood skill development, thereby enhancing sustainable development.
“The summit ends on a very high note that is global commitment to contributing to the welfare and socio-economic improvements of millions of people around the world. The convergence also enable delegates the opportunity to plan ahead of the next summit to be held in Tanzania in July 2020, as well as the selection of new board members both at continental and global levels. The summit also witnessed presentations on various critical aspects of 4H around the world and exhibitions from various 4H members,” he added.
The summit, he added, was attended by prominent personalities some of whom are 4H members, who inspired the delegates, most especially youth delegates to find pleasure in serving others and always strive for more in national development processes.
He continued; “Some of the issues discussed include, food security, environmental issues, leadership, governance, livelihoods improvements and employment creations. However, the government of Tanzania was commended for providing subvention to 4H country office and calling on African government to support in these noble initiatives of building the capacity of youths”.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow