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Poetry to help save lives during COVID-19

Creativity and leadership: Young Gambians are using traditional forms of communications to help everyone stay safe.

by ITC News

Let’s not assume That we are not going to be infected Let’s prepare as though We will be affected Call 1025 And you can save lives.

Through their poem, Jainaba and Awa are making an effort to change the way youth look at the threats from COVID-19 as they embrace the realities in The Gambia.

They are among the 83 applicants who have submitted their entries in the poetry challenge initiated by the European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in collaboration wi...

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Young Gambians and Guineans gain skills, get fit with ITC, UEFA

Kick for Trade initiative with the UEFA Foundation for Children uses football skills to teach life skills to young people starting out in life

Young people in The Gambia who are learning life skills by learning football skills feature in a short video released by the International Trade Centre to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April 2020.

The youngsters are participants in Kick for Trade, a project backed by the UEFA Foundation for Children, which aims to boost the employability and entrepreneurship skills of young people in West Africa.

‘In July 2019, UEFA...

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Youth tour guides in the Gambia emerge as first responders to COVID-19 awareness and prevention

With support from Youth Empowerment Project, young leaders in the Gambia are playing their role in ensuring safety and good health.

The effects of global coronavirus pandemic are visible in the Gambia as elsewhere. The budding tourism industry in the country has taken a hit with travel bans, flight suspensions, quarantines, lockdowns and social distancing measures in place. The tourist season in the country that usually lasts until early May is over in advance this year. This has added to the loss already suffered from last year’s collapse of renowned tour operator Thomas Cook that used to acc...

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SkYE 2.0 Launched In The Gambia

The International Trade Centre (ITC) launched the second round of the Skills for Youth Employment (SkYE) Fund to increase technical and vocational skills training opportunities for 1,600 Gambian youth and women. The second edition of the Fund was launched on 20th June 2019 and is open for applications from interested training institutions, private sector companies and industry associations to provide training for youth, employment and finance to support their growth.

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YEP hosts packaging conference

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in partnership with The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) organized a two-day packaging conference as part of side events of the annual Trade Fair Gambia international held at the independence stadium in Bakau. The conference explored packaging as a tool to boost company sales, sustainable jobs for youth, traceability & barcoding and how local products can be sold in local supermarkets.

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The Kankurang lives on

The second edition of the Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival took place from the 18th – 20th of January 2019 in a three-day exciting event. The festival which was revived in 2018 with support from YEP and its partners is geared towards the promotion and preservation of culture as well as creating employment opportunities for its inhabitants particularly young people through community based tourism.

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YEP hands over equipment worth D1.5M

In collaboration with The Gambia Telecommunications and Multi Media Institute (GTMI) and Sterling Consortium, 168 young people benefitted from intensive trainings in areas such as solar installation, CCTV installation and programming, satellite installation and programming, and mobile and laptop repairs.

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The Kankurang Festival 2.0

The second edition of the Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival is scheduled from the 18th - 20th of January 2019. This annual event is expected to bring together thousands of people to celebrate the historic town's culture and promote community based tourism.

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Safer waters, stronger services, more opportunities

The Youth Empowerment Project in partnership with the Gambia Tourism Board and The Gambia Maritime Administration conducted a 4-day intensive training on Riverboat safety, quality, hygiene, hospitality, and tourism services targeting tour companies and riverboat operators.

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