June 13, 2021

“Respect yourselves and be mentors”

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The Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon. AlimamyA.Kamara,has called upon young people in Sierra Leone to provide leadership at every level by proffering ideas rather than engaging on unnecessary issues of personal conflict.

 Hon. Alimamy A. Kamara appealing to young people to take leadership
Hon. Alimamy A. Kamara appealing to young people to take leadership

“Respect yourselves and be mentors” he admonished.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs (MoYA) in collaboration with the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) and implementing partners on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 commemorated International Youth Day in Makeni City on the theme: Youth Civic Engagement

The Chairman of the National Youth Council, Ibrahim Prince Thorlley,said the theme emphasized the role, involvement and inclusion of young Sierra Leoneans in building social cohesion and the collective well-being of the society.

Through youth civic engagement initiatives, young people, he continued, have made valuable contributions to social change efforts in schools and communities through community action projects, leadership involvement and contributing to legislative advocacy efforts and politics which led to the President’s pronouncement in laying his life for young people of this country.

Speaking on behalf of the UNDP and conveying the United Nations Secretary General’s message, Madam Ann-Marie Bassie stated that this year’s event marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ Charter and also the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youths.

She said emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting political conditions, economic turmoil and social transformations have heightened the challenges for young people worldwide.

She said no one knows better the problems of young people than young people themselves and therefore called on young people to speak out and the leaders to listen, pointing out that there is the need to support young people in creating a future where the Earth will be protected and for people to live in dignity.

The Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon. AlimamyA.Kamara, said as young people all over the world celebrate the Day, the biggest question, is what has been their contribution to their communities?

Young people, the Minister admonished, should provide leadership at every level by proffering ideas rather than engaging on unnecessary issues of personal conflict.

He said young people should be dedicated, industrious and to remain focus on the things that would change their situation.

“Respect yourselves and be mentors” he admonished.

Speaking on behalf of the National Youth Board, Joe Abass Bangura expressed commitment of the Board’s fullest support to the aspirations of the Commission and the Ministry.

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