Monday, 20 November 2017
Press Release from the Office of the National Youth Revolutionary Movement! (Part.2)
The executive of the movement wish to inform the general public as per the misconception against the revolution.
In Africa when you mention revolution, the first thing they think of is guns or war etc. No, No. A genuine revolutionary movement will stand for progress, positive change, advancement for the masses and development in addressing the needs and aspirations of the Gambian people.
The movement deem it necessary that The Gambia needs genuine revolutionary change and it is we the youth who should start from the bases a revolutionary youth movement to make the change happen.
Where are the Kwame Nkrumahs, Patrice Lumbuma’s, Amilcar Cabral’s, Steven Biko’s? They were all young Africans who fought for the injustice levied on them and their people. It is time we decolonise the African mind with a view of emancipating ourselves from mental slavery.
The aims and objective of the NYRM are:
To provide leadership education, training and experiences that help youth frame and develop their leadership philosophies and acquaint youth with issues, needs, resources and other factors that influence our countries’ future.
To inspire youth to become ambassadors of community leadership among their peers and strengthen the role of youth in identifying and speaking up against human rights violations, including discrimination, hate speech and those human rights violations affecting especially young people and children.
To create a strong and diverse base of future youth leaders for the country and to promote the presence and the role of youth as positive actors of change in peace-building processes.
To create better future and develop self-esteem in the youth and empower them with different knowledge and skills which will help them in all spheres of life and to promote unity and patriotism among the youth and instil the spirit of leadership.
To develop responsible youth who will be able to make right choices in their lives and to enhance the youth ambassador’s capacity to take action at a local level in environments affected by previous or ongoing conflict.
To develop awareness and competences (knowledge, skills and attitude) of participants in human rights education, conflict transformation, intercultural learning and dialogue, including a critical understanding of personal and collective identities and their role in conflicts.
“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” ( Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Saidina Alieu Jarjou