By Nelson Manneh
Kombo East District Youth Committee in partnership with Kuloro Youth Development Association (KYDA) and Gambia Cyber Security Alliance has over the weekend trained thirty youth on cyber security and digital skills.
The training was meant to raise awareness of cyber security and digital skills.
MrAbdoulieNjie, the Chairperson of the Kombo East District Youth Committee, said his committee over the past years has been striving to empower the young people of Kombo East on life skills and digital literacy.
“As a Committee our primary aim is to empower the young people in all works of life. We want to see them excelling and acquiring awareness on substances like illicit drugs that are affecting our young people,” he said.
He noted that Kombo East shares a porous border with Cassamance, the Southern Region of Senegal, an area allegedly known for the cultivation of cannabis.
“So, we need to sensitise our youth constantly, we don’t want our District to be used as a transit of drugs into the country. We don’t want to lose our young people,” he said.
Mr Njie further said that the world has moved and it is mostly that young people have digital skills.
“We don’t want our young people to be left behind, we want to be at the same dinner table with others that is why we came up with this idea of training our youths on digital skills,” he expounded.
Mr Basaikou Saidy, a native of Kuloro Village, said training people on digital skills is like providing life skills for them as it will not only provide them with knowledge but lifetime skills.
“We all know the effects of illicit drugs and the harm they are doing to our fellow youth. We need constant sensitization in this area to make sure we save lives,” he said.
Participants after the training were awarded certificates.