The international Young Christian Students are currently holding a four day leadership and peace building training for the five English speaking West African countries.
The training is hosted by Sierra Leone and is ongoing at the St. Paul’s Catholic Major Seminary in Regent. It started on Monday 27th July and will end today 30th July 2009.
Participants from the five English speaking West African countries include three from Ghana, four from Nigeria, five from Liberia, four from Gambia and 20 from the host country Sierra Leone.
Mary Wambui from YCS Kenya is the Pan- African Coordinator of IYCS who also happens to be the main facilitator of the training.
She disclosed to this press that the training is an eye opener that provides a forum for young people to learn about how to make sound judgment on critical issues confronting young people in this 21st century.
Mary further revealed that the purpose of the four day training is to build the capacity of young Christian students on leadership, good governance, and peace building.
The training also looks at the Millennium Development Goals with special focus on poverty reduction, affordable education and environmental issues.
The Pan-African Coordinator intimated AWOKO Press that the training programme is intended to create a close partnership among member countries and also serve as a familiarization forum for some.
She encouraged participants to take advantage of the training as it provides an opportunity for students to build their career for the future and empower them to do certain things that will apparently elevate them as role models in society.
The training was also attended by the National Catholic youth Chaplain in Sierra Leone, Rev Fr. Augustine Lebbie and past members of YCS Sierra Leone.
Mary Mambui expressed her determination to strengthen YCS Sierra Leone as the country has not been active in IYCS activities over the years.
YCS is a Christian based organization that is aimed at preparing and exposing high school pupils and students in tertiary institutions to the realities of the world and how they should cope with those challenges for a better future.YCS is presently in 85 countries around the world and 33 countries in Africa.
By William Freeman