With the young generation, a chance for a sustained peace, security and development in Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia, 15 January 2010 – Sixty young men and women are gathered today in Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa Counties to participate in a peace building and leadership skills training programme.
The training programme is the beginning of a series of interventions of the pilot project on Youth Empowerment Services for Peace Building and Stability aimed at integrating young people into their communities and society by empowering them with skills to live a constructive and dignified life.
“Children and youth are Liberia’s greatest assets in the quest for sustained peace, security and development,” said Isabel Crowley, UNICEF Representative in Liberia.
The war subjected children and young people to intense physical and mental suffering, and also reduced their chances for a better future as adults.
The 60 young men and women will come out of this training as peer educators, and help the government in training as many as 5000 young people from 12 districts in Grand Bassa and Grand Cape Mount.
“I feel fine being here. This is so exciting,” said Nowai Freeman, a 27 year old woman participating in the training programme. “I want to learn as much as I can. I want to share with young and elder people to resolve conflicts in my village, and I’m hoping it will also help me.”
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