By: Fatoumatta K Saidykhan
Management of the President’s International Award (PIA) formerly President’s Award Scheme Thursday briefed journalists on preparations ahead of the upcoming Gold Award ceremony scheduled for Friday 1st February at the July 22nd Square in Banjul.
The Gold Award activity started in The Gambia in 1978 and has since provided leadership and marketable skills to young people especially those going to school. Its leadership programme operates in Upper Basic, Senior Secondary and tertiary institutions across the country.
The presentation of accolades,which include Silver and Bronze, is a balanced and progressive extracurricular activities for young people between the ages of 14-25 years.
Speaking at the press conference held at Bakau, PIA executive director, Sainey Drammeh described the awarding ceremony as a national event in which they will honor the cream of the nation (the youth). “Youths are the economic agents of the state and are very important in our future development,’’ he said.
For her part, Fatoumatta Ceesay, the vice chairperson of the organizing committee said the award ceremony is an important event in the country. She said youths are not only leaders of tomorrow but today as well, arguing that it is today that they can make them productive and responsible future leaders .
For his part, Fabakary Kalleh, a member of the organizing committee and the chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC), said previously the awards are given only at the nation level and that PIA has changed that giving bronze awards at the school level where most of its members are.
He however clarified that though other awards are now given at regional level, the gold awards are always presided over by the president or his representative.