Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE-Gambia) in collaboration with the Social and Environmental Society (SES Club) of the Gambia College Friday embarked on a community outreach in Janjangbureh, Wassu and Kuntaur.
The September 5 initiative was designed to discuss the expansion of the Clena (Clean Energy for Africa) project with the authorities in Janjangbureh and Kuntaur area councils, to network and to strengthen partnership with stakeholders.
The event, held in the Central River Region (CRR) brought together senior government officials, community leaders, students, youths and women groups.
Fafading Katitiri Kinteh, the regional environmental officer, National Environment Agency (NEA), said targeting stakeholders like the security forces, communities, school-going children, ward councilors and other local authorities is very crucial.
While commending YVE’s efforts in ensuring a sustainable environment, Mr Kinteh said his office will do everything possible to work with the environmental organisation.
He said waste management is a concern and that one of the oldest boarding schools [in the country, Armitage] is facing a waste management problem.
Kinteh expressed his hope that YVE can play a crucial role to minimise poor waste management and other environmental problems in the region.
Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang, assistant programme officer NEA, warned against the dangers posed by use of plastic bags or containers.
“They contain some poisonous chemicals which are harmful to our health and the environment,” he said.
The lady councilor of Wassu promised to collaborate with her people and the neighboring communities for a massive participation in the Clena project, which she described as a sustainable development initiative.
Demba Kandeh, communication officer of YVE-The Gambia, said the project is aimed at providing clean energy and sustainable environment in the country.
“It will be expanded to all the regions,” he said. “We are glad to actualise our project within your communities and hope for the participation of the young people in conserving, preserving and protecting the environment.”
Mr Kandeh said through the project participants will learn to adopt the best management practices for a healthy environment. “Environmental challenges can be addressed if we change our attitudes.”
He said young people can change the present mindset of people around the world to conserve the fragile ecosystem and different mode of lives on earth.
Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environment (JVE) in French – YVE Gambia, is a youth oriented, non-profit organisation, helping the youths fulfill their potential participation in sustainable development in all aspects and to help young people in communities provide continued strong leadership in the areas of renvironmental education, social justice and economic, social and cultural rights, youth empowerment and volunteering, access to natural resources and bio-diversity conservation, and sustainable development (renewable energy, recycling, participation). It has chapters in at least 28 African countries.]]>