The FSDC was set
up in 1999 and is now ready to expand its links with other
non-governmental organizations and the pool of candidates/youth who form its
The vision of FSDC is to increase the current scope of the centre by running
courses, which would meet the needs of these youth. The main avenue for youths
to break out of the poverty trap is to increase their employment prospects by
providing them with skills to embark on a trade for income generation.
The FSDC also seeks to address some social problems of the youth in addressing
the low self-esteem evident in some students when they first arrive at the
center. Some of them are products of circumstances of real poverty, broken homes
and polygamous homes who have not had exposure to life outside their immediate
environment. At the FSDC, they will be encouraged to form relationships, learn
the techniques of coping with stress and prepare to compete for success in the
It has been observed that there is a large and growing number of unskilled youth
in the Gambia. This observation is also linked to the apparent levels of
poverty, which limit the ability of some youth to acquire the skills that would
make them employable or able to earn an income through a trade. Today there is
an alumnus of over five hundred with a current role call of one hundred and
eighty two ladies and gentlemen.
The preponderance of under privileged and unskilled, i.e. unemployable young
people creates the ever- present risk that idleness will encourage vagrancy and
crime. Prostitution and an unrelenting desire to go abroad are just some of the
results of the emptiness in the lives of some of our youths.
The FSDC approach to its goal of empowering our youth is a holistic one as its
programs are not only geared to training clients to acquire employment but also
to be groomed in comportment, general appreciation of Art, an introduction to
the French language and coaching in the use of English language. FSDC insists on
this approach since its goal is to ensure that its graduates must have relevant
skills but also be well rounded to ensure that they can compete successfully in
the work environment, hopefully, based on developing these cottage industry
techniques. It is expected that some of the profits will be ploughed back into
the project for sustainability.