The document highlights the current and long-term impact of the COVID-19 on Liberia youth as the country faces numerous challenges in providing basic public and social services delivery such as education, public healthcare and basic infrastructure.
The youth policy brief document, which was jointly crafted by FLY, Youth Bridge and Activisa with funding from SIDA of the Swedish Embassy in Liberia through Actionaid-Liberia, was jointly presented to the GOL through the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports D. Zeogar Wilson and the Committee on Youth and Sports at the 54th National Legislature at the weekend.
Presenting the policy brief at the two separate occasions was FLY Secretary General, Mr. James Koryor who stressed the need for stakeholders to analyze the unique constraints and needs of different categories of young people.
“WE believe that in order to understand the full extent of the current and future impact of COVID-19 in Liberia, it is important to analyze the unique constraints and needs of different categories of young people,” stated the FLY SG.
For his part, Youth Bridge Executive Director, Ambassador Roberts K. Gboluma, Jr. re-echoed the importance of the document, noting that the document seeks to support quality education for young people, improved livelihood for youth living with disabilities and youth at risk, amongst others.
“Young people are enmeshed in a cycle of youth poverty exacerbated by high unemployment, lack of life skills to make a decent living and other socio disparities that continue to threaten youth development. We want concrete actions to be taken so that young people can feel the comfort of development from all dimensions of life,” Amb. Gboluma pointed out.
Meanwhile, receiving the document on behalf of the Youth and Sports Minister was Mr. Hassan Kamokai, Research and Administrative Assistant to Minister Zeogar, who assured officials of the youth groups of the Minister’s interest to assess the document and make the possible changes if the need be.
Also was Mr. Patrick Kollie, Administrative Assistant to the Chairperson of the House Committee on Youth and Sports, Representative Solomon George of District # 7, Montserrado County, who also assured the groups of his boss commitment in working with young people.