By Fatou Dahaba
Innovator Space and Global Youths Innovation Network with support from UK government through International Organization for Migration have graduated 364 young entrepreneurs in 10 weeks business caching and mentoring. Theme for the program was ‘standing for Youths.’
GYIN Gambia graduate their participants recently while innovator Space did there’s over the weekend at Golden Beach in Bijilo. The programs were held in greater Banjul Area, Soma and Basse respectively.
The 10 weeks intensive program was designed to enhance young entrepreneurs strengthen their skills in setting up and managing small business enterprises and have access to funding. The training will help to expand their businesses and contribute to improve the local economy and this are the two objectives meant for the program.
Each participant was given 125, 000 000 to scale up their businesses and this was done in two disbursements which is now completed with transport refund paid to each person.
Speaking at the ceremony Mr. Aron Tekelegzi Program Manager of labour mobility and human development unit IOM said economic motivation is one of the main factors contributing to irregular migration. Lack of job is also another reason why they embark on the journey were Migrants are exploited and there rights are not respected.
He expressed that any comprehensive approach towards migration governance in the Gambia must address the root causes which include lack of economic opportunities and this is stand for youths program come to lives.
In this vein he thanks the two implementing partners for building a supportive rappour with trainees.
IOM youth employment and migration strategy states that young people have a role bro play in implementing the objective in agenda 2030 for sustainable development and indeed the program focuses on eight sustainable development goal promoting decent work and economic growth in leaving no one behind, Mr Tekelegzi concluded.
It concluded with presentation of certificates.
364 Youths Graduates in 10 Weeks Business Program
By Fatou Dahaba