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THE MINISTRY OF YOUTH & SPORTS COMMENCE A THREE(3) DAYS RETREAT

In fulfilment of its mandate to promote youth entrepreneurship, skills development and leadership geared towards ensuring excellence in sports that generate value, The Ministry of Youth and Sports in partnership with United Nation Development program (UNDP) on Thursday 3rd December, 2020 began a three-day retreat involving key staff of the ministry and satellite Institutions.

The rationale behind the retreat is to assist various sectors within the Ministry to develop a road map for the achievement of its strategic activities as enshrined in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018 – 2021.  It also meant to institute monitoring and supervision mechanism to measure progress during implementation that will ease and facilitate the realization of the goals and objectives set out in the youth and sports policies. The retreat brought together about sixty (60) participants to discuss matters of importance to the Ministry of Youth and Sports. 

Presenting on NDP, MoYS Strategic Priorities, Mr. Musa Mbye, Director, Department of Planning says: "Government is determined to realize its commitment to leaving no youth behind as it recognizes youth as the engines of growth & essential pillar for any development of The Gambia aims to achieve." Equity in resource allocation & a nationwide approach to national development through investment in youth will thus be adopted at all levels of Government. As a result, the Government's goal for d sector is premised on “Secured sustainable livelihood for youth through skills development decent work and excellence in sports”. He highlighted the key expected results for youth empowerment and development and NDP outcome 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4. 

Mr. Marcel Mendy, Executive Director, The Gambia National Sports Council - NSC stressed the need for more investment in sports for the achievement of excellence in sports. "There is no way we can achieve excellence in sports if we didn't invest in it. We should invest more in it if we want more". 

The presentation on Program Based Budgeting by Mr. Taibou Sonko, Deputy Director, Department of Planning.  He highlighted the benefit of program-based budgeting noting that it provides officials and managers with better information upon which to base resource allocation decisions. 

National Youth Service Scheme, Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Mendy is presenting on the activities of NYSS for the year under review. He highlighted some of the success stories of his institution and its plan for 2021. Priorities for 2021, he said is to recruit 200 youth for an apprenticeship, construct female dormitory at orientation centre in Bakau among others. 

The presentation on activities implemented by the National Youth Council during the year under review and planned activities for 2021, by Mr. Alagie Jarju, Acting, Executive Director of National Youth Council - The Gambia He pointed out some of the achievements of the council while highlighting the 2021 priority activities of the council and what they intend to achieve in the coming year.  "Our 2021 priority activities include available of a revise national youth policy, the existence of regulatory standard for youth organisations, reduce youth unemployment and increase the number of youth-friendly centres from 3 to 7," he said. 

Day 2 OF MOYS RETREAT

We started the day with a recap of yesterday's activities by the rapporteur Sulayman Trawally. He highlighted some of the key points discussed and recommendations put forward. 

Marcel Mendy, Executive Director of National Sports Council (NSC) presenting activities implemented by his office during the year under review and planned activities for 2021.  He highlights some of the achievements of the council whilst stressing the need for more funding in order to tackle the challenges face by sport and sports Associations /Federations. The ED emphasis on the 2021 priority area of the sports council and what they intend to achieve in the coming year.  "A five-year strategic plan (2021- 2025) for sports development has been drafted and will soon be validated " he added. He spoke about the establishment of an athlete’s award scheme, construction of a multi-purpose indoor sport facility among others development for 2021. 

The Executive Director of the President International Award (PIA) Mr. Sainey Drammeh, gave an overview of his institution achievements during the year under review as well disclose their priority for 2021.

Success stories

• PIA Trained 55 trainees on Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy as the year 2019

• 12 created their own beauty salons and all together employing 15 young girls

• 27 being employed

• The rest couldn’t be traced

• Twins Café in Kololi established by two graduates from Home and Hospitality Services, and currently employing 6 young people.

• 328 young Gambians completed their skills training in 9 Trade areas in 2019/20 Academic Year

• Facilitate training of 10 members of staff at postgraduate Diploma Levels who have completed specialised training at the GTTI, Insight Training Centre, GTMI, GTHI and Chamen Technical Training Centre as part of our capacity building initiatives.

• Introduce Tailoring and Fashion, and Cosmetology in PIA Kerewan Centre

• A three-classroom block completed at the PIA Bakau

• A Baking and Confectionery Academy and most needed equipment procured.

• Shoe making department established


On the Key Priorities for 2021, Here are the expectation

• Introduce Building Construction as a Trade area at the Bakau Centre

• Introduction of Shoemaking as a Trade area in February, 2021

• Hosting the 2021 Africa Award Network Forum in March, 2021

• Introduce Tailoring and Fashion Design and Hair dressing in Kerewan in January, 2021

• Expand the infrastructure at the Bakau centre by constructing a story building to house 6 classroom

• Expand the infrastructure in Kerewan by establishing and Agricultural Centre (Poultry, animal husbandry, horticulture, small farm mechanization)

Mr Abass Bah, the General Manager and Mr. Abdoukabirr Daffeh Program Manager of the National Enterprises Development Initiative (NEDI) presenting the 2020 activities reports, challenges and implementing programs of NEDI and also their planned activities for year 2021. During the presentations, the NEDI officials explain that over 380 youth and women including returnee benefited from the mentorship and coaching services. 

The program manager spoke at length on the important of the trainings, he added that 85 food processors, 60 customized mentorship programs are currently undergoing for a 6 months BDS/BAS services. Mr. Daffeh says more than 235 youth and women have already benefitted from NEDI core mentorship services and have been helped to develop their business plans. 

Mr Ebou Faye, the General Manager of the Independence Stadium and Friendship Hostel presented the 2020 achievements of his institution’s priority for 2021.  With the ongoing D10 Million rehabilitation of the stadium is gear towards meeting the CAF requirements. 

The facilities to be upgrade include the followings

– SANITATION – FITTINGS AND TOILETS;

– CCTV

– FOOTBALL FIELD AND EQUIPMENTS

– DRESSING ROOMS

– SCOREBOARD AND P A SYSTEM

– PAINTING AND NUMBERING OF THE PAVILLIONS

– D12 MILLION OUTSTANDING FOR THE GENERATOR


The Independence management Priorities for 2021 includes:

TRANSFORM THE FRIENDSHIP HOTEL TO ‘3’ STAR HOTEL

IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF THE BELLA ARENA AND ON THE LONG-TERM TRANSFORM IT TO A 5000 MULTI PURPOSE HALL

INCREASE THE STADIUM CAPACITY TO 60, 000 AND TRANSFORM THE STADIUM TO BE A SEATED ENCLOSED STADIUM


A group work based on the following thematic areas was done and presented on the retreat.The participants are task to come up with recommendations on how to achieve the desired goals of the various thematic areas.

1. Coordination, Networking and Reporting

2. Monitoring, and Evaluation

3. Resource Mobilization and Utilisation

4. Institutional Arrangement

Day 3 OF MOYS RETREAT

We started the day with presentations on the inception Report of MoYS SMT's Technical Working Committee for the Revival of the Department of Youth and Sports (DYS).  The presentation was done by Alagie Jarju, Acting Executive Director,  National Youth Council - The Gambia on behalf of the committee. It was a detail presentation that came with recommendations and how the structure should look like and measures need to be taken. 

Finally, we have now come to the end of the MoYS Retreat 2020 with hopes high and renewed commitment for a better ministry in delivering the needed services for our young people.

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