Gambia: Formation of National Youth Conference and Festival


The National Youth Conference and Festival (known as NAYCONF) is a bi-annual event that brings the nation’s youth together to discuss issues affecting their lives as well as their role in National Development.

It was originally called The National Youth Week and only consisted of Sporting and Cultural programmes.

Such Youth Week celebrations were first held in Banjul in 1974/1975, then in Basse, URR in 1975.

With the adoption of the National Youth Policy, the event became a biennial one and consisted not only on sporting and Cultural Programmes but Youth Conference as well.

The Conference affords youths, through their accredited representations the opportunity to discuss, matters of common interest vis-à-vis their role in National Development. The Youth forum serves as an authoritative source of information on the problems of Youth as seen by the Youths themselves.

The Youth Festival on other hand, engenders interaction amongst Youths inn a true spirit of oneness and love through the various sporting and cultural Programmes as well as participate in a community Service Project.

Youth Participants from the zone two countries are also invited to take part in the Festival.

The Youth Conference and Festival was first held in Bakau, Kanifing Municipality in 1990 followed by Janjanbureh’ Central River Region 1992 and Mansakonko, Lower River Region in 1994.