By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
Nyaboute Foundation, a newly registered foundation in The Gambia has over the weekend wrapped up a two days training of 15 young people on sexual and reproductive health.
The event that brought participants from different areas across the West Coast Region (WCR) was held at the Mamuda Lower Basic School in the WCR.
According to officials, Nyaboute which means (Family) foundation is out to promote health education of women and girls through a social and behavioral change communication approach.
It also addresses sexual and reproductive health issues, family planning, female genital mutilation, gender base violence, early marriage and epidemics such as Tuberculosis, Malarial, HIV & Aids through community volunteers.
In his welcoming address, Essa Balajo the deputy head master of Mamuda Lower Basic School, expressed gratitude to the organisers for choosing his school for the training.
Mr. Balajo described the training as the first of its kind, noting that his school never hosted such an important forum before and challenged the participants to make the best use of the training and share with others.
Also speaking at the forum, Mr. Jerreh Manneh the secretary general of the Foundation thanked the school’s leadership for creating an enabling environment for them to conduct the training .
He said the organisation is a dream that came true between himself and the coordinator Abdoulie Baldeh in order to contribute their quota to the development of the society.
“Without health it is difficult to achieve something in our generation, therefore the forum is timely, and I urge all participants to ask questions to clear your doubts in the area of sexual and reproductive health care,” he said.
For her part Mati Cham on behalf of the participants expressed appreciation to the Nyaboute Foundation for coming up with this initiative in order to build and enhance their knowledge about the subject area.
Cham noted that the forum is timely and it should be a continuation as they have learned a lot of new things during the two days.
She also challenged her colleagues to disseminate what they have learned.