Effective Youth Leadership for Positive and Sustainable Participation was the theme for a day workshop on Thursday organized the by Sierra Leone Youth and Adolescent Network on Population and Development (SaLYAN) at the President Lounge, national stadium, Brookfields, Freetown
SaLYAN seeks to mobilize the energies, skills, talents and resources of young people to be a respected voice that provides leadership towards the development of young people in Sierra Leone.
Giving an overview of the workshop, SaLYAN National Coordinator Shekou Ansumana Nuni said that the workshop aimed at bringing together current and budding youth leaders from member network organizations and other interested groups.
He stated that the objective was to build young leaders as catalyst for social positive change; to build capacity for active and meaningful participation in development. Also to inculcate leadership skills in Youths and prepare them for higher leadership positions and to enlighten them on lobbying, advocacy and communication as indispensable tools for good leadership.
Facilitators were drawn from member network organizations who have demonstrated the requisite knowledge in the topics assigned to them.
Topics discussed were Leadership and Management done by Andrew Daramy from Hope Sierra Leone; Sustainable Development by Aruna Mans Davies from Network of Muslim Youth; Advocacy and Lobbying Skills done by Mohamed Sillah, SaLYAN Communications Officer; The Role of Youth in a Drug Free Society done by Mohamed Kanneh from National Youth Coalition and the Role of Youth in Governance done by Bryan Randall from Nation Builders.
Fatmata Barrie a participant commended SaLYAN for conducting such a workshop where youth are taught how to become a good leader.
The workshop was funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and jointly organized by the SaLYAN and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Youth Division.
Presentations given by the facilitators were well understood as all the participants participated actively with preference given to women.