The Federation of Gambia Muslim Youth (FEGAMY), a local youth organization on Sunday commenced a weeklong 2023 Youth Summer Camp at Banjulinding, West Coast Region.
The weeklong event underway at the DirectAid Centre in Banjulinding will come to an end on 13th August 2023.
FEGAMY is an organization comprising professionals from diverse disciplines, including health, education, journalism, politics, and students from various academic and professional levels across the country.
The Summer Camp brought together one hundred and twenty-eight (128) young participants from primary, junior, and senior schools, and tertiary institutions with a unique and enriching experience based on the teachings of Islam. The camp will include enlightening class sessions, thought-provoking conferences, and the opportunity to learn from esteemed scholars.
The camp will also include Quranic recitations, speeches, poetry, Islamic songs, and sporting activities.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Pa Samba Secka, President of FEGAMY expressed delight in attending the annual Islamic gathering. He described the camp as a place where young people converge to worship Almighty Allah as well as learn about the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W).
Dr. Secka prayed that Allah bestow his blessings on all participants while commending all those who supported FEGAMY in the implementation of the event, most especially Afrimed International Hospital for providing medical support to the camp.
“We are grateful to all those who supported us in the implementation of the activity,” he added.
Dr. Omar Jagne, Chief Executive Officer of AfrimedInternational Hospital who doubles as the Guest Speaker commended the organization for supporting and empowering the young people. He said Afrimed International Hospital is committed to supporting FEGAMY in empowering the young ones.
Ebrima Bah, director for FEGAMY 2023 National Summer Youth Camp informed that there would be a series of presentations in the course of the camp that are geared towards empowering the youth with the needed information to develop them.
Mr. Bah, also a journalist, said research has shown that providing quality education is the best way to empower youngsters. However, he said experts and well-experienced people will have direct contact with the participants to equip them with skills and knowledge.
“This is a camp where you come to learn. We would like to acknowledge the participants for their understanding. We also urge you (participants) to maintain your understanding,” Mr. Bah said.
He thanked all for their attendance, while assured that the participants will get the needed knowledge and advice in the weeklong camp.
Omar A. Bojang, Chairman of the Fegamy Advisory Board said the organization was formed to bring public officials and Islamic scholars to work together to contribute to national development as well as support Islamic education.
Bojang urged all participants to continue their commitment to the organization to ensure its sustainability and continuous activity implementation.
Sheikh Tijan Cham, Vice President of Kotu Senior Secondary School said: “Education is very important. It would help one to understand that he or she is created by Allah. Therefore, we have to act beautifully to Allah and thank Him for creating us.”
“Almighty Allah created humans purposely to worship Him. Thus, people should continuously worship Allah and have maximum respect for their parents, most especially mothers,” he preached.