The Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Dennis Bright on Friday officially launched a report titled voices and views, youth and employment in Sierra Leone based on focus group discussions with 900 young people nation wide complied by the World Bank and ENCISS.
The launching, which took place at the Atlantic Hall stadium hostels attracted a cross section of youth groups, officials of the World Bank and ENCISS.
Launching the report Dr Dennis Bright said that we all know that for a long time much a lot has been said about youth employment.
He added that one serious problem which handicaps youth unemployment was to get proper information about what the youths needed and what jobs they want to undertake.
The Minister noted that with the report it would help instruct his Ministry on how to work closer with the youths.
Earlier on in his opening remarks the Chairman of the occasion Ngolo Katta stated that the report has been a very crucial study in the country to alleviate unemployment with the people.
The report he said accentuates strong issues about youth in the country and the Sierra Leone Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, noting that the entailed document should be associated with every one.
Jeannette Eno Director of ENCISS pointed out that it was a testimony that Sierra Leoneans are very enthusiastic to address issues for themselves.
Eno maintained that they at ENCISS and their collaborators work with the youths to share their voices and views with them.
According to the Acting Country Manager of the World Bank Christopher Juan Costain the report will help the Bank tremendously in implementing its programs and now know the status of youths in the country.
The acting Country Manager maintained that African youths are doing more than what youths are doing in Europe.
He emphasized that the report is educative because it shows how the issues of the youth can be solved.
In a joint presentation by Pia Peeters author of the report and Mohamed Gibrill they mentioned the employment available for the youth, skills constraints for increased employment for youth and attitudes of youth towards work.
They accentuated job creating opportunities for the large and growing number of young people as a priority for the government of Sierra Leone.
This study they said focuses on the context, options and suggested actions for turning a serious political, social and economic challenge into an opportunity.