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Youth Empowerment Takes Center Stage at the first Youth Power summit in Liberia

Youth Empowerment Takes Center Stage at the first Youth Power summit in Liberia

Youth Empowerment Takes Center Stage at the first Youth Power summit in Liberia

The first Youth Power Summit in Liberia was held to empower the young generation as they face significant challenges in accessing employment, education, and training opportunities. With a youth unemployment rate of 3.08% in 2021 and 2022, SOS Children’s Villages and KfW STIFTUNG organized a 5-day event, from April 1-5, 2024, bringing together over 70 young leaders, educators, and changemakers from Monrovia and Buchanan.

The summit aimed to unlock the full potential of the youth, providing a platform to share ideas, experiences, and innovative solutions to tackle pressing issues facing young people in Liberia. The discussions revolved around youth empowerment, gender equality, education, entrepreneurship, and climate change, among other topics. The event’s participants engaged in interactive sessions aimed at fostering collaboration and collective action, with the theme “Unlocking Youth Full Potential.”

The summit featured prominent youth leaders, heads of non-governmental organizations, and government officials, emphasizing the importance of youth empowerment in driving sustainable development (SDGs) and social progress.

Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Hon. Garmai Tokpah, commended the passion and determination of Liberia youth, stating, “Liberian children and the youth are the cornerstone of the nation’s progress. Their energy, innovation, and passion are vital ingredients for a brighter tomorrow.”

Plan International Country Director, Miriam Murray also stressed the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment, citing Liberia’s rank 178 out of 189 on the Human Development Index. ” Gender equality and women empowerment is cardinal and starts with all.”

National Director of SOS Children’s Villages in Liberia, Prosper Ndione, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to promoting youth empowerment and participation in decision-making processes. He urged all policy-makers, including the government, to prioritize investments in youth development and empowerment. This includes investing in education, healthcare, job training, and entrepreneurship programs that equip young people with the skills and opportunities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

In conclusion, Ndione appealed to the conscience of young people to be more focused and lead the change for a more sustainable future. “SOS Children’s Villages is committed to supporting your efforts and amplifying your voices as we take charge of your future,” he said.