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Participants at the Bank Complex Kingtom

 

The 2016 National Youth Development Week which kicked-off on the 21st April and ended on 26th April was well spent with series of events to give meaning to the week. It started with the official launch by the Special Adviser to the President and Ambassador at Large Hon. Alpha Kanu at the Bank Complex Kingtom. The theme for this year’s celebration was “CampaignAgainst Violence; Promoting Discipline Amongst Youth for Nation Building”.


The thrust of the National Youth Development Week celebrated from 21st – 26th April every year is to enable public awareness and commitment to youth related issues ranging from health, education, employment and governance.
The Minister of Youth Affairs, Bai Mamoud Bangura said this year’s theme was chosen to highlight the President’s wish to discourage young people’s recent spate of violence in sports and other social activities. He said the ministry will collaborate with development partners and other stakeholders to build the capacity of young people through skills and formal education so they can contribute to the Agenda for Prosperity.


A symposium for “In and Out” of School Youths was part of the week’s activities. The following topics were discussed; Youths and the Law- Representative from Legal Aid Board, Psychosocial Behavior of Youths- CARITAS, Youths and Violence- By Anti-Violence Movement, Youths Employability- National Youth Council, Three Types of Opportunities and How to Succeed as a Youth- Global Youth Network.

The young people similarly pointed out that teenage pregnancy, exams malpractice, and access to quality skills training are among the challenges they are faced with.
A showcase of youth’s innovation for the upcoming ‘National Youth Innovation Awards and Youth Trade Fair’ also formed part of the events. Among the innovations showcased at the Social Night was a 24 year old Sierra Leonean who has built a generator with dirt, a book with reading light, glasses with reading light, a stick for lighting fire and the talking robot. The 19 year old Brian Sankoh of St. Edwards Secondary School showcased his automatic call device which uses SIM cards to alternate electrical devices. If there is no airtime in the phone, the device can function with a Bluetooth.

 

The award is geared towards supporting youth’s innovation and also serves as a motivation to others so they can contribute to the economy and compete internationally.
The climax of the National Youth Development Week was a quiz competition for senior secondary schools mainly in the western area. The participating schools were School of Excellence- Waterloo, Prince of Wales- Kingtom and Ahmadiya Muslim Secondary School- Kissy. The Best School at the competition went to School of Excellence and both first and second positions were snatched by two female pupils of the school.
Prizes were awarded to all pupils who participated in the competition and a full year’s fee for the first position and one terms fee for the second position by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and National Youth Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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