Youth organizations countrywide on Wednesday ended a two day conference on the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) and the Commonwealth Of Learning (COL) Youth 4 peace Initiative in Freetown.
CYP and COL are collaborating to increase the role of young people in governance, through their increased participation in Peace Building efforts, and to evolve practical policy recommendations to advance the implementation of the decisions of the Commonwealth Heads of State on the issues of peace and development.
With respect to this, an online forum that saw the active participation of youth leaders within Africa was organized to address the issues of young people’s development and their challenges in respect to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Addressing Youths at the Christian Health Association Sierra Leone (CHASL) hall, Mr. Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, Rapporteur, Commonwealth Youth Programme Youth 4 Peace Project, said that, the project aims to promote respect and understanding in post conflict countries.
Respect and understanding, he said, are more relevant in post conflict countries.
He stated that the project is meant to develop learning materials related to Peace Building and transformations.
Sierra Leone, he observed, was selected because it is a post conflict country and that there are many youth groups working on Peace Building.
Mac-Ikemenjima reiterated that, at the end of the conference, all what have been deliberated on and what have been recommended will be taken into consideration, compiled into a report and distributed to the participants.
National Coordinator for National Youth Coalition Student Assembly (NYCSA) Mohamed Kanneh said that the programme is educative and has created a lot of impact in him, which he will passed on to members of his organization.
“I have learnt from other colleagues and share experiences with them”, he said.
Fiona Kaikai from UNFPA thanked the organizers for organizing such a programme for youths.
She hoped that what has been recommended will be taken into consideration.
Country Programme Director for Young Peace Brigade Herbert Bangura said that the conference is a platform for youth leadership training and also seek to articulate the views of youths and discuss issues relating to their welfare and the achievements of the MDGs.
He maintained that at the end of the conference he will disseminate what he has learnt to other youths.
Participants discussed issues like youth and the educational challenges they face, the role of sports in Peace Building and conflict transformations.