The two-daycapacity building training, which is being held in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, brings together 30 persons from about 20 grass root young organizations within Montserrado County.The Liberia Scout Association, Youth Development Service, Women Empowerment Initiative,Youth Network for Positive Change and Youth For Education & Agriculture are among the 20 grass root young organization attending the training.
Speaking at the opening session of the two-day training, Youth Bridge Executive Director, Ambassador Robert K.Gboluma, Jr. said it is important to strengthen the capacity of the young people in championing COVID-19 awareness, advocacy, governance and leadership. According to Ambassador Gboluma, young people are the future bearers of Liberia, and therefore, they need to be empowered with the right kind of education as it relates to the transformation of Liberia and the world at large.
"We do not want to bridge the Ministry of Health preventive measures with respect to social distancing, so we divided this youth capacity training into two segments, bringing together 15 persons today and the other 15 persons tomorrow. Our objective is to deepen these young people understanding on advocacy, governance, leadership and COVID-19 preventive measures so that after they leave from here, they will be able to compliment the government’s efforts at their respective communities level," stated the executive director of Youth Bridge.
He encouraged the youth heads to see themselves as ambassadors of positive change unlike the other way around.He admonished the participants to take advantage of the lessons that will be provided them so that they can serve as agents of change in their respective organizations they represent as well as in their communities." The young people of Liberia constitute 60 percent of the population and we are considered as instigators of violence, in so doing, we are providing this training to change the perception or narrative that the young people are agents of change," Ambassador Gboluma asserted.
Ambassador Gboluma, who is the lead facilitator at the ongoing training, expressed the hope that the knowledge that will be acquired by the participants will enable them engage in evidence based advocacy initiatives that will help shapethe dynamics of the young people.
Meanwhile, hethanked Actionaid Liberia through the Swedish Embassy in Liberia for affording the financial support to ensure that the capacity building training is realized.