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YOUTH ONLINE RADIO, PEACE AND SECURITY SITUATION ROOM LAUNCHED BY THE NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL

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The National Youth Council has today launched Youth Online Radio and Peace Security Situation Room to amplify the voices of youth and to keep track of the peace and security situation in The Gambia.

The establishment of the situation room and online radio is supported by UNFPA - The Gambia through its Peacebuilding Fund to provide young people with a platform to hold conversations and contribute towards the development and security of the country.
NYC has already appointed 7 monitors across the region and 1 coordinator at the central level. These monitors will be share information on situations (peace and its related issues) in their various regions.

Musa Mbye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports said the launching of these platforms are in line with the ministry of Youth and Sports policy development objective.
He said this will no doubt engender numerous development in upholding strongly their shared values and common objectives.
"Peace, security and stability is the foundation of any democracy and development in a society. Therefore the launching of the Youth Peace Security Situation Room and Online Radio is indeed timely. This cannot come at any other time other than now as we know we have security challenges within our communities, be it the homes schools and workplaces," he said.
He noted that the government of the Gambia remain committed to the development of the young people.
"We recognise the crucial role young people can play in the maintenance of peace and stability," he said.

Mr Kunle Adeniyi, UNFPA The Gambia, Country Representative noted that the setting up of the youth-led internet radio and peace and security early warning crisis centre is indeed timely, especially as the country approaches the electoral period.

He added that the radio will serve as a strong tool in amplifying the voices of young people in maintaining peace, social cohesion, positive messaging and building resilience against violence including hate speech.

"The early warning crisis centre through a network of monitors across the country will identify potential conflict triggers, disinformation and hate speech within hot spot areas and serve as an early warning mitigation mechanism," he said.

Alagie Jarju, Executive Director, National Youth Council, said the situation room and youth online radio will serve as a one-stop centre for information and security alerts across the country.

"The reports gathered through the platform will help NYC and its development partners to document and prepare policy briefs and advisory services on youth relating to peace and security situations in the country," he said.

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