I am 18 years old and a graduate of Nusrat Senior Secondary School. I sat for the WASSCE and successfully came out with eight credits including English language and Mathematics.
I am a child rights activist. At the age 10, I joined Voice of the Young under the Child Protection Alliance (CPA) where I rose from being a general member to president of the children’s group from 2012/2013. I also served as the child representative to the Child Protection Alliance board the same year. In 2009, I won the International Year of Youth National Presentation competition on the theme ‘dialogue and mutual understanding’. I was selected as the child participant to read and present the Final Draft of the Unicef National Launch of the State of Children (A National Consultation Call to Action) in 2008 which was graced by the First lady of The Gambia, Speaker of the National Assembly, ministers, Unicef and UNDP representatives to The Gambia among other dignitaries.
I hosted a radio talk show on children at Unique FM radio station from 2010 to 2011 sponsored by Unicef and coordinated by the National Youth Council. I also represented Gambian Children at the Africa Forum for Women, Beijing +15 Platform for Africa in 2009 and in 2010. I was also selected by the CPA to attend the Make-it–safe capacity building training held in Togo, Lome in August.
Being very passionate in advocating for the children’s rights and welfare, I had the honour of accompanying Vice President Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy to the United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women and also at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women held in New York, USA where I represented The Gambia.
Upon return from that summit, I decided to share what I have learnt and give back to my community. Consequently, I founded the NdeyBassin Foundation for Children through which I organised a National Children’s Summer School in September 2013 supported by the Office of the Vice President and the US Embassy, Banjul. I love children and have been an activist throughout my life and will continue to be one Insh’Allah. My struggle continues to create a better world for the children.