The Role of Youth in Nation Building
A Seminar on "The Role of Youth in Nation Building" was held on March 27, 2004. One of the outcomes of this seminar was the creation of an ADA Committee on Youth and National Building. The committee members are:
- Ms. Fatou Janneh, Chairperson
- Mr. Abdou Jatta, Vice-Chairperson
- Ms. Huja Mbye, Executive Secretary
- Ms. Jabou Suso, Treasurer
The Committee decided that the following people will be asked to serve as Advisors:
- Hon. Fatoumata Jahumpa-Ceesay
- Mrs.Amie Sillah
Second International Conference
The Alliance for Democracy in Africa., (ADA) hosted its 2nd
annual international conference from August 5-8, 2003. The conference was held at Senegambia Beach
Hotel. The theme of the conference was “Democracy and
Human Development in Africa”.
Dr. Emma S. Etuk, an award-winning author of seven
books and president of Emida International Publishers,
a USA-based book company, was one of the many
presenters at this conference. His paper and
presentation is on “Democracy Through Education in
Africa”. Dr.Etuk played a key role in ADA’s first
conference on demoncracy in Africa that was held at the same venue last year.
This year Dr. Etuk has arrived in Gambia with Mr. Mark
Boersma, an American businessman and president of
Synergy Solutions, Inc. (firstname.lastname@example.org), a company that assists “you
to reach beyond your potential in all areas of your
career and life”. Mark also brought his 13-year
old son, Jonathan who is a gifted national speaker.
Mark and Jonathan were speakers at this conference.
Also, they were in Gambia to explore ways of
cooperation and collaboration with Gambian businessmen
and women. Dr. Etuk, on his part, sponsors and helps
train Gambian students in schools. Toward this end, he
grants financial scholarships which he did last year
and has repeated this year.
This sponsorship is part of the ADA vision and
Literacy in The Gambia
The Alliance for Democracy in Africa (ADA) held an informal meeting and panel discussion on "Literacy in The Gambia" on November 5, 2002, at the Senegambia Beach Hotel in Banjul, The Gambia. Over 60 participants attended the event.
Panelists on "Literacy in The Gambia" included: Honorable Sidia Jatta, Member of Parliament and Secretary General of Wulli Adult Literacy Development Association (WALDA), Madi Touray, Secretary General, ADA, and Stephane Alrivy, Program Director, ADA.
ADA is currently funding two facilitators for women adult literacy classes in Wulli West constituency. This project is administered by the Wulli Adult Literacy Development Association (WALDA). At the meeting, ADA announced the funding of two additional facilitators for women adult literacy classes in Wulli East constituency.
ADA wishes to thank Mr. Saihou Sanyang, National Coordinator, National Governance Program, State House, Honorable Fabakary Tombong Jatta, Honorable Abdoulie Danagi Jawla, and Honorable Sidia Jatta from the National Assembly, members of the NGO community, the media, the management and staff at the Senegambia Beach Hotel, and the public for their support and contributions during the event.
International Conference on Democracy in Africa
The Alliance for Demoncracy in Africa organized an International Conference on Democracy in Africa between August 5th and 7th, 2002 at the Senegambia Beach Hotel, The Gambia.
The three-day international conference highlighted the following topics: DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
Mr. David Peterson, Program Director for Africa,
National Endowment for Democracy, U.S.A.
Mr. Sam M.L. Kinteh Executive Director,
National Council for Civic Education, The Gambia
Mr. Gabriel J. Roberts, Chairman,
Independent Electoral Commission, The Gambia
2. RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA
Dr. Emma S. Etuk, President,
Emida International Publishers,
Mr. Jonathan Aderonmu,
Director of Research and Development,
African Center for Democratic Governance, Nigeria
3. THE ROLE OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN DEMOCRACY BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
Dr. John Kalonge,
United Nations Resident Representative,
Fajara, The Gambia
4. THE ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES IN DEMOCRACY BUILDING IN AFRICA
The Honorable Jackson McDonald,
United States Ambassador to The Gambia
5. ILLITERACY AND DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA
Honorable Sidia S. Jatta,
Member, National Assembly,The Gambia
Dr. Hayib Sosseh, Professor,
Northern Virginia Community College,
Over two hundred participants attended the three day international conference.
One of the outcomes of the 2002 International Conference on Democracy in Africa was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Assembly of The Gambia to establish a national Women's Literacy Project.