By Kebba Jeffang
Mr Abdou Rahman Sallah, Executive Director of Biodiversity Action Journalists Gambia (BAJ Gambia) who doubles as environment columnist for The Point Newspaper, Friday the 14th November 2014, left Banjul International Airport to join his colleagues in Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in the 2nd African Civil Society Support Initiative (ACSSI) fellowship program.
The program is organized by the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) based in Banjul, The Gambia in collaboration with the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) based in Washington, USA.
According to Mr.Sallah, the fellowship program would bring together young people across the world to learn and share experiences. The program, according to him, is expected to last for four (4) weeks.
This activity, he said, would provide the participants the opportunity to learn from each other during the course of the program.
It is expected that at the end of the fellowship program, each participant would have learnt new skills to improve their work.
The key objectives include, providing opportunities for young people to engage with others with a view to improving the legal environment for civil society throughout the region, to share knowledge and experiences with NGO leaders in host countries, build practical skills needed to advance civil society law initiatives in their home countries, gain regional exposure, and build regional coalitions for reform and to share best strategies with Fellows to overcome challenges facing civil society.
“I am grateful to the staff and management of The Point Newspaper and Biodiversity Action Journalists Gambia (BAJ Gambia) and I thanked them for their uninterrupted support and the working relationship”, he added.
He assured his colleagues that whatever is learnt shall be replicated back home for the benefit of those who were not fortunate to take part in the fellowship program.