Following the successful launch of a summer youth camp, last year, Sabally Leadership Academy, has successfully concluded the second edition of this youth empowerment platform from August 18-20, 2017 at Kerr Sering.
Themed “Green Re-emergence” the camp was focused on educating and inspiring youths to love and protect their environment.
Speakers and trainers at this year’s camp included Isatou Ceesay, an internationally celebrated conservationist and recycling expert, Kemo Fatty of Green-Up, Jainaba Teeda Sarr, Haddijatou Njie of the Ministry of environment, Yewande Austin of USA and the founder Momodou Sabally.
Topics covered ranged from, Religious perspectives of environmental issues, Recycling, Conversations on Climate Change, Performing Arts, Safety Rules on the Use of Technology and Digital Footprints, Social Entrepreneurship and Soap Making.
The high point of the camp was a demonstration of the environmental lessons taught, as the campers went from house to house in the Kerr Sering neighbourhood, planting trees amid singing and dancing animated by the lead vocalist of Kerr Gui Family, Barhama Cham, Awa Bling, and Mariama Yaffa.
The camp also introduced the novelty of using traditional communicators, the Kanyelengs who performed specific songs on the camp’s theme. Campers were taught soap making and religious perspectives of climate friendly practices.
Established in 2015 by former Presidential Affairs Minister and Youth Empowerment Expert, Momodou Sabally, Sabally Leadership Academy is a youth mentorship foundation aimed at educating, instructing and inspiring youths for self-fulfilment and positive contribution towards community development and national progress.
SLA is built upon the founder’s philosophy as expounded in his self-help book “Instant Success: Ten Keys to Personal Achievement” and other books on positive thinking, self-fulfilment and patriotism authored by Sabally.
SLA has conducted lectures and seminars on leadership and youth empowerment for thousands of young people in The Gambia and abroad.
Recently they joined award-winning lecturer, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador, Yewande Austin in support of a Youth Camp on Social Entrepreneurship run by Yewande’s Change Rocks Foundation for a group of girls in Richmond, Virginia.
This year’s camp was supported by institutions that value environmental protection and youth empowerment. The lead sponsor, at Platinum level, is the leading telecommunications company in The Gambia, Africell. The camp was also supported by newly established fuel company Petrogas, Xpress Supermarket, Top Spot Real Estate Company, T. K. Motors, Marshall Security and Solar Enterprise.