Sierra Leonean to co-chair Education Crisis committee on Syria
Sierra Leonean born Chernor Bah who is currently serving as the Global Youth Rep on the UN Secretary General’s Global Initiative on Education has been asked to co-chair a Youth Education Crisis Committee to aid Syrian refugee children.
According to a Press Release issued at the UN at the start of the General Assembly Monday, he will be co-chairing this committee together with the UN Special Envoy on Youth, Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Youth Courage Award Winner Ashwini Angadi and Syrian Youth Activist, Farah Haddad.
Describing the assignment as an incredible honor, this latest responsibility was given to C Bah as he is fondly called, by the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown who is also the UN Scribe’s Special Envoy on Education .
He said, ” It is more of a sense of duty imposed by circumstances and by my generation and I am happy to respond to that call, to lead a movement, to be a part of inventing a new future for us.”
“Through A World At School, we are announcing the founding of a Youth Education Crisis Committee, a group of prominent international youth leaders, who will lead the call of young people around the world for a robust and urgent response to the education crisis, starting with the 1 million Syrian refugee children,” according to the statement issued at a joint presser that was attended by Malala Yousafzai and chaired by the Sierra Leonean born C Bah who also works for the sporting outfit, Nike.
According to their portfolio, C Bah and the other prominent international youth leaders are expected in the coming days and months to “galvanize the growing chorus of young leaders around the world calling for education to be guaranteed beyond borders.” They will, “mobilize youth networks, help to amplify the voices of Syrian refugees and put concerted pressure on the international community to not let the dream of education slip for 1 million Syrian refugee children.”
The Release also states, “We understand that when crisis hits, young people lose many things, but the worst thing that they can lose is hope. And only education provides hope for a peaceful, better and productive future. “
C Bah and the other prominent youth leaders are therefore determined not to let the Syrian refugee children lose hope of a bright future.
“We cannot afford another lost generation. Our committee will help amplify the voices of Syrian children calling for education and do all in our power to keep the pressure on world leaders to act with the urgency required to guarantee education for children in crises situations,” the youth leaders are quoted as sayin .
The committee will include members of the Malala Day Youth Community and facilitated by A World at School.
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