The British Council in collaboration with the Global Xchange have taken the initiative to once more, bring into existence adults and youth cultural exchange programme, which had died for quite a long time.
Global Xchange which is a partnership programme, managed and delivered by the British Council had recently sent out five youths from Sierra Leone, to England and South Africa, where they were opportune to meet with young adults, from USA, UK, Rwanda, and South Africa.
The Business Director of the British Council, said the purpose of the organization is to direct the focus of youths with regards to cross cultural exchange and its impact on their lives. Mr.Lansana said he was impressed with the Sierra Leonean participants for the active role played during the interactive session both in South Africa and in Britain.
He said youths from the various countries already mentioned above are all vulnerable to so many violent activities and that not until they come together as one, they would not be able to understand one another inorder to find solution to their problems.
One of the participants Sulaiman Bangura said his trip to England and South Africa has taught him a lot of experience. He said the behaviour of young people appear to be the same only that the manner in which it is done makes the difference. Bangura said his team has met with personalities such as the Mayor of Belfast, the British Council Director who are ready to give a helping hand to the organization. He concluded by saying that another set of youths between the ages of 15 to 24 years are to benefit from the next trip.
Andrew Massaquoi a teacher of Saint Edwards Secondary school in his contribution said there is need to give the youths of Sierra Leone the opportunity to exchange ideas with other youths abroad so that they could understand each others culture very well. He called on all youths country wide to embrace and support the new Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) programme as they will stand to benefit immensely.