Peer educator calls on government
Nineteen-year old Admire Conteh, a volunteer peer educator in the Bumpeh community, Kono District involved in giving sexual reproductive health lessons to schools and organizing young people to be active in HIV and AIDS programme through Aids Action clubs but now in development sensitization through drama, has called on the government to treat the issue of youths more seriously as they are loaded with a lot of positive energy.
She further observed that youths in Africa are perceived in negative ways and in a manner that denies them an active role in society, seen as helpless and dangerous hence passive targets for development programmes, instead of active participants in planning, implementing and monitoring.
Revealing her experience as a volunteer peer educator, Admire noted that the young people of Sierra Leone have the energy, the numbers and ability to take on even the toughest challenges confronting the country.
With guidance from government and development agencies more youths might become policymakers of a country that is called their very own, she opined, adding that if the governments really want youths to become leaders of tomorrow they must support and create the space for them to start being good leaders today.
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