A civil society organization, Salone Youth and Adolescent Network on Population and Development (SaLYAN) is embarking on Youth Leadership express forum on the theme – If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who? Isn’t it time to tap the power of young people?
SaLYAN seeks to mobilize the energies, skills, talents and resources of young people and to be a respected voice that provides leadership towards the development of young people in Sierra Leone.
The Salone Youth and Adolescent Network strives towards addressing issues relating to population and development, promoting adolescents and young people’s reproductive health and fighting against the pandemic of HIV/AIDS, promote advocacy and resources mobilization in order to improve young people’s quality of life in Sierra Leone and to achieve the Millennium Development goals, African Youth Charter and African’s program of action.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday at their secretariat, SaLYAN Executive Director, Donald Kalokoh said that the upcoming forum which will be officially launched on the 26th May at the British Council Hall will show case the talents of young people in their various career from all walks of life.
The forum he said is jointly organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Youth Division, UNFPA and Sierra Leone’s Youth Ambassador Anthony Navo.
Kalokoh observed that SaLYAN is a youth network working towards empowering young people to take leadership roles in their various careers.
Giving an overview of the forum, the National Coordinator Shekou Ansumana Nuni said that the forum is an educational platform that showcases young people who are exemplary in their career plans. It is an important mechanism where national social issues and their impact in the national context will be discussed for developing a new vision and a long term strategy for youth transformation.
Nuni noted that the forum will be limited to Freetown but will replicate in other parts of the country in the long run.
The organization Communications Officer, Mohamed Sillah Sesay said that the forum will change the bad perspective people have about the youths and will also change the mindset of youths who think they cannot make it in life.
Sierra Leone Youth Ambassador Anthony Navo stressed that the aim is to ensure that 67% of the youth are trained to be development oriented.
He called on Sierra Leoneans and other donors to come on board and make the program a success.
By Abibatu Kamara