The World Bank and ENCISS have published some of the views given to them by youth in the country during their Focus Group Discussions (FGD).
In their contribution to the booklet, the youth in Kailahun town commented that, “we hear about micro credits but we are yet to see them”.
The main occupation in Kailahun District is agriculture and male youth are engaged in bike riding, photography, radio repairs, auto mechanics, weaving, tailoring, and carpentry amongst others.
It notes that expansion of employment in the agricultural sector is inhibited by lack of inputs, untimely supply of seeds and lack of machinery to increase productivity.
“Youth in that part of the country formed themselves into labour gangs in agricultural activities. 3,000 Leone’s with food per day and 5,000 Leone’s without food is given to them,” the booklet states further.
“In Bonthe District, the youth in Mattru only have observers’ status when things are decided in their community. Youth employment available for the youth in Bonthe are some skills training centres in the community including the Sierra Leone Opportunities Industrialization Center (SL-OIC) which has a general lack of teaching materials and required tools to teach courses.
Most of the youth the initiative noted lack start up kits for graduates which is a major hindrance to use the skills they acquired.
In the Bo district, Bo town the unemployed youth said that lack of equipments and machines make humans wear out and tire very fast.
Human spare parts are not available, they said “so we avoid these types of work.”
In Bo female youth are predominant in petty trading, farming, catering and some are involved in commercial sex and male youth are in bike riding, masonry and carpentry. Formal job opportunities are limited.
Secretariat jobs are available for women but most are subjected to sexual harassment.
“Development travels better on good roads and we are the waste pipes” women in Kabala said during the FGD.
The level of education in Kabala is low, and very few formal work opportunities are available mainly in government ministries and few NGOs.
In Bombali District Makeni bike riders said that they are not respected in the community; “we are called rude and unruly ex-combatants.”
In Kenema District the youth noted that if you don’t have money and you are in the hospital, you are not admitted, you are just relaxing.