CCYA Ends Nationwide Capacity Building Workshop
The two days nationwide Capacity Building Training Workshop for Youth Leaders, including Political Party Youth Organized by the Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA) in support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) took place at the National Stadium Presidential League over the weekend.
The National Coordinator for the CCYA, Mr. Ngolo Katta in his opening statement told participants that the training is timely and very much significant for young people ahead of the November 17th Elections, especially for first time voters, as well as long term voters, as they have duties and responsibilities as citizens of this country to remain calm and take precaution in the electoral process.
He said they have being embanking on nationwide training capacity building that gears towards the promotion, enhancement and to increase more knowledge about the participation of youth in the electioneering process for a peaceful and non violent election on the November 17th.
He said that gender involvement of the electoral process is not only limited to men but women as well, adding that women are very much encouraged in the participation of elections and interfacing with electors in discussion-making but advised participant to stay away from all forms of violence that will incriminate them of violating the rules of engagement of the law.
The Chairman Mr. John Paul Bai spoke about the objective and the components of the training as it is a crucial one to the success of any governance system undertaking, which he hoped will reflect on the participants during their deliberations. noting that there are five very important concepts that center around the title and objectives of the training, which were Capacity Building, Participation, Youth-Violence and Mitigation, Violence of the unheard-Transparency and Accountability, and Interface and Interaction. He said that youths are representing the most marginalized, misused and deprived segments of society, especially on matters affecting the interest and welfare of youths.
The keynote address tagged ‘Project Peaceful Election’ was given by the Youth Commissioner of the National Youth Commission, Mr. Anthony Koroma who spoke about the importance of elections and the prevalence of perpetrating violence in election, the types, and the effect.
He said that young people should have a moral as an ambassador of peace to preach about non violence in elections, for a peaceful November 17th election. He advised young people to stay calm and have respect for each an every one in the country as the entire world is watching as we too should watch ourselves for a peaceful and developmental nation during and after the election’ while he strongly believes that young people are responsible for the violence that occurs during election periods.
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