By Omar Bah
Banjul will next year play host to the Fidyanou Sidgin Association international congress for peace and security.
Fidyanou Sidgin Association is a Gambian owned international association operating in Senegal, Guinea Bissau and The Gambia with over four thousand members and 72 bilingual schools within the three countries, accommodating over 6000 students.
The congress targets the general public, religious leaders, government authorities, international organisations, students and young people of different backgrounds.
The congress, according to the coordinator Samba Gaye is scheduled for January 2 to 6th January at the Arch 22 in Banjul with the theme: People integration for world peace and security through relevant and quality education.
Mr Gaye said as events marking the congress there will be a march-past from the Arch to the ministry of education and other government ministries with Banjul.
He said the main objective is to eradicate the various perceptions in the minds of the people focusing on geographical boundaries, radical and ethnicity that divides people, promote people integration through breaking of language barriers and use education as the basic means to unite children of the world.
The association secretary general Assan Joof said the association is formed by Cheikh Ousman Jawo in 2000 with a small group of young volunteers between Senegal and Gambia to create social change for a better world.
“The association began its activities in education and today it has become a large development association operating in education and social development. The association aims to be a worldwide NGO which promote children education and social development around the globe,” he said.
The association, he said carries out various programs in education, health, support livelihood, agriculture for food security and entrepreneurship.
“Since its formation the association has met several social challenges and created many projects to accompany children, particularly in rural areas, in order to reach their needs for social fulfillment,” he said.
He said more than 8, 000 children are under the association responsibility, “we have 20 schools and 2000 students in the Gambia, more than 30 schools with around 3000 students in Senegal and 25 schools with more than 3000 students in Guinea Bissau.”
On the peace & security congress, Cham said giving the rampant issues of terror and other hatreds around the world the human raise is threatened.
The association vice President Ebrima Cham called on all stakeholders to turn-up at the event and give their support for the successful hosting of the event.