The 2020 holiday camp of the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure dubbed »COVID-19-free holiday camp » kicks off today 10th August in Baham, Western region of the country. 50 out of 100 participants aged 12-16 years old from all over the country will leave for Baham from the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure head office.

The participants had a meeting with the Inspector General(IG) of the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure in the conference hall of the said ministry to bid them farewell this afternoon as they travel. The IG called on the participants to get to know each other, make new friends in order to help them get bilingual and learn new cultures, to discover and enjoy the rich tourist sites of the Western region. Most importantly, she emphasised on the respect of the preventive measures put in place by the government and the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure to fight COVID 19 which include : wearing of mask, washing of hands, using of hand sanitizers amongst others.

This holiday camp is a yearly activity of the leisure department of the Ministry. It is an occasion to promote togetherness and national unity of these young people and to offer them a moment of relaxation and development as well as encourage them to discover and love the riches and diversity of their country.

Following the outbreak of the COVID 19 worldwide, there was this hanging uncertainty of how the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure will proceed with its activities, especially the well-loved usual holiday camp. The Department of Leisure has put in place protective measures as prescribed by the government(to be tested negative before the camp, respect the sanitary measures put in place) to have a COVID-19-free camp.

One of the participants, Mohamed from the Northern Region, said, it is his first time attending such a camp. He is excited and looking forward to learning a new culture, traditional dishes, art and their behaviour while respecting the measures against this disease.

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