The Coordinator of Voice of the Youths, Philip Hartling has expressed determination in making use of the youths of Sierra Leone as ‘change agents’ to reach out to the various segments of society, with the HIV/AIDS campaign. The disease, he said, is common among the youths who are sexually active and therefore require adequate sensitization on the dangers surrounding the disease so as to save the new generation of Sierra Leone.
As a way of incorporating some of the contributions of the youths in the fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty in the Country, the Voice of the Youths Organization has organized a quiz competition for 12 Primary and 12 Secondary Schools in the Western Area. The competition which has already commenced at the Bishop Johnson School in Freetown is in line with the commemoration of the World AIDS Day which started on 20th November, 2008 to end on 1st December this year.
Highlighting the background of the Organization, the Coordinator explained that they came into being in February last year, from the realization that youths constitute the bulk of the populace in the Country; but that they are grossly marginalized in decisions that affect their lives. He stressed that, youths have no voice in society as they are only approached by decision makers during the electioneering process to execute unholy missions such as violence.
“As part of our objective, we will motivate every youth in the Country to realize his/her potential by looking at their respective backgrounds and planning a better future for them by inculcating discipline and diligence into their lives” he said.
He concluded that, they have already done HIV/AIDS sensitization in eighty three (83) Primary Schools in the Western Area.
By Solomon Rogers