Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BAJ coordinator attends Kenya climate change training

BAJ Coordinator, Abdou Rahman Sallah (Photo: Mansa Banko)

The national coordinator of Biodiversity Action Journalists (BAJ Gambia), Abdou Rahman Sallah, left for Kenya on January 25 to take part in a two weeks training on Climate Change.

Mr Sallah, an environmental journalist, selected from a pool of applicants by the organisers, the Kenya-based Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES) to partake  in the January 28–February 14 climate change course.

The two weeks intensive course is facilitate by myclimate, a Swiss non-profit foundation together with ACTIS, a spin-off organisation of ETH Zürich, in cooperation with UNEP, and the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) – an environmental research partnership between the ETH Zürich, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Tokyo (UT) and the Chalmers Technical University in Göteborg, Sweden.

“I am happy that I am going to represent my country and Gambian youths and I assure you that I will endeavour to leave up to expectation,” says Sallah, who works at The Point newspaper.

 “I will [do] my best to ensure that whatever [I] learned will [be] implemented to the fullest upon my return,” added Mr Sallah, who commended his newspaper, IFAD funded projects in The Gambia and his colleagues at BAJ for their support in the campaign to protect the environment. 

YES courses have been operated since 2000 in different parts of the world with the goal to bring together a diverse group of motivated future leaders (university graduates, PhD students, young professionals), the organizers said.

The trainees will learn, discuss and debate on urgent issues for a sustainable future for humankind, in a global and regional perspective, they said. 

Written by Modou S. Joof

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