A non-governmental organization War Child Holland in Sierra Leone on Tuesday celebrated the International Youth Day to acknowledge the efforts of Port Loko youth who have improved their livelihoods and to stimulate others to do the same. The day is celebrated with the youth, their communities, and representatives from local government and the media.
For this celebration, the participating youths, other active community members, public officials and invited guests have held a march through the streets of Magbele Ferry, Mabora, and Makarankay in Port Loko District and Rokel in the Western Area.
According to the Project Manager Advocacy and Communications, Eamonn Hanson, these are some of the communities where War Child Holland has been implementing a successful non formal education project since the beginning of last year.He added that as part of the celebrations, the youth have also played football and volleyball matches. “The local chiefs, councilors and other public officials crowned the events by pledging their support to the youths in a statement to the press and invited guests” said Mr Hanson.
Last year, Saidu Mansaray, Field Location Manager of War Child Holland in Port Loko disclosed that they started with a new educational programme to increase the skills and knowledge of young people”.Mr Mansaray noted that “the programme has made the farming youth more productive and has helped them generate more income. With the help of agricultural experts, we set up cooperatives that create a solid foundation for more agricultural production and a financial base to market farm products” explained the Field Location Manager.War Child Holland is conducting a two-year education pilot project to allow youths to make a living in their communities and raise their hopes for the future in a total of six communities in Port Loko and Bombali districts. The project gives opportunities to youth to enhance their livelihood skills in agriculture or fishing, supported by literacy, numeracy and life skills.