The Gambia Youth Gain Practical Experience with Human Rights

The Gambia Youth Gain Practical Experience with Human Rights September 27, 2018

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Handing out copies of the Youth for Human Rights booklets to the people of their host city, Basse.
Handing out copies of the Youth for Human Rights booklets to the people of their host city, Basse.

“Making Human Rights a Reality for All in The Gambia” was the motto of a five-day youth camp held at the regional agriculture directorate in the town of Basse in the east of the country.

Organized by the human rights nonprofit organization Beakanyang—a Mandinka word meaning “equal opportunities for all”—the 40 young men and women who participated were exposed to social challenges and tools. These included climate change, child marriage, drug and substance abuse, female genital mutilation, migration issues and corruption. They were also introduced to entrepreneurship and ICT in development—the application of information and communication technologies toward social, economic, and political development, with a particular emphasis on helping poor and marginalized people and communities. And they saw the importance of leadership and integrity in resolving these issues.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support United for Human Rights and its program for young people, Youth for Human Rights, the world’s largest nongovernmental human rights education campaign, reaching out in 195 countries in 27 languages and embraced by thousands of activists, officials, groups and organizations. Their support of the initiative is inspired by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s conviction that “It is vital that all thinking men urge upon their governments sweeping reforms in the field of human rights.”

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