Muhammed L Bojang
The Decision, Determined and Destiny (3DGam), a UK-based foundation, on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the President’s Award Scheme headquarters in Bakau, with the objective of empowering the young people.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Borri Darboe, the Ambassador at Large for 3DGam and 3DGlobal in the Gambia highlighted the foresight in the MoU reached with the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the objective of collaborating in the area of human rights education and drug awareness creation. He gave an elaborate background to the 3DGam foundation and its contributions to various social programmes.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Lamin S. Jawara, the Homeland General of 3DGam and 3DGlobal highlighted the significance of the day in the life of the foundation, which he said demonstrated that all their activities and programmes were geared towards humanity.
“The objectives of the MoU is to target the issues identified to enable more collaborative engagements and the recognition between 3DGam and MOYS based on the common desire to develop youth empowerment and sports through increased access and promotion of youth activities,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports, the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Lamin A. Camara expressed delight and appreciation to the new partnership between his ministry and 3DGam and the donations made to the various sectors of the Ministry which he said would enhance the capacity of the ministry and by extension the young people of the Gambia.
“These type of partnerships directly support the National Development Plan of the government of the Gambia and in general the ministry’s policy goals to empower the youth of the new Gambia,” he remarked. He went on to thank 3DGam for this timely donation which he said will go a long way to addressing the capacity gap of the ministry’s line institutions. He said the donated items would help achieve their objectives of improving the lives of the young people across the country.
“We are all very pleased and honoured to have you as our partners and we hope that as a ministry, we will continue to work with you and give hope to our youths to participate meaningfully to the socio-economic development of this country. I would like to give assurances that MOYS will continue to collaborate with 3DGam in all possible ways to ensure that our dreams and aspirations are realized in this new Gambia and we are proud of 3DGam and 3DGlobal for all your efforts,” he concluded.
The guest speaker of the ceremony, Demba A. Jawo also expressed appreciation for the contributions that 3DGam were making in the country. He recalled his long association with the foundation and that he was quite impressed with their dedication to helping to uplift the living conditions of the vulnerable members of the society.
“The noble objectives of 3DGam have been manifested in several forms which of course include the provision of support to schools and other institutions as well as collaborative efforts aimed at improving the quality of lives for vulnerable communities in this country,” he remarked.
He gave as example the human rights project initiative in the schools, which he said is helping raise awareness of the sanctity of respect for human rights amongst the young people of this country. Therefore, he said the signing of an MoU with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as yet another manifestation of 3DGam’s involvement in the empowerment of the youth. This he said comes on the heels of a similar MoU earlier on signed with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education. He called on 3DGam to continue the good work that they were doing in this country and abroad.
In his vote of thanks, the 3DGam officer in charge of international relations, Besenty Gomez, admonished the ministry of Youth and Sports to utilise the objectives of the MoU to empower the young people.
The ceremony also witnessed the awarding of certificates and prices to various schools in the country, which include Nusrat Senior Secondary School in Bundung, Model Senior Secondary School in Busumbala, Masembeh Lower Basic School in Kiang, Njaba Kunda Upper & Senior Secondary School in Baddibu Njaba Kunda, Kinderdorf Bothrop Senior Secondary School in Brikama and Kerr Pateh Senior Secondary School in Baddibu. The prizes included tables, certificates, cash prizes and also transportation to the respective schools.
Donations were also made to certain satellite institutions in the ministry of Youth and Sports which included the National Youth Service Scheme, the President/s International Award, the National Youth Council, the National Enterprise Development Initiative and the National Sports Council. The donations included human rights and drug awareness kits.