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WAYN launches peace magazine

WAYN launches peace magazine

In commemorating the International Students’ Day, the West Africa Youth Network (WAYN) has on Wednesday 17th November, 2021, launched its Education Project Magazine at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Fourah Bay College, Freetown.

Giving the background of the organization, the Administrative Secretary of the Network, Ansu Koroma, said WAYN was a Youth-led organization established in March 2001.

“The organization was established in direct response to the rise in violence, conflict, continuous marginalization and exploitation of young people in West Africa… to  mobilize the participation of young people to work constructively for the building of peace, human rights, governance and transparency in Africa,” he said.

He revealed that the institution had worked effectively to promote the visibility of young people in governance and to support the empowerment and capacity building of the youth to become responsible citizens in society. He intimated that since the interception of the institution, it had continued to initiate and implement a number of projects in line with its mandate, adding that it had extended its wings from five (5) countries to thirteen (13) countries in West Africa.

The Admin Secretary continued that the institution makes use of different strategies such as organizing training, workshops, consultations and dialogues, advocacy and lobbying, amongst others, to implement its projects. He stated that the institution had partnered with like-minded institutions and youth organizations like the Patriotic Advocacy Network, Anti-Corruption Commission, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth Affairs to name but a few, noting that members of the institution work on volunteering basis.

Speaking on the overview of the Education Project, the Deputy Executive Assistance, Mr. Edwin Nyamoh, said the Education Project came into existence after a lot of research was done in 2016 with regard to the problems surrounding the education system in the country. He stated that they designed the Education Project with the theme “Combating Injustice, Corruption and Marginalization in the Educational System” to mitigate some of the problems affecting education system in the country. He said that throughout this year they held different trainings to empower young people and also trained them to be ambassadors of change.

Launching the magazine, the Head of Media and Outreach of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Patrick Sandy said, “this institution has added a lot more value to what the ACC has been doing in schools and the education sector generally. We are very much appreciative of them. I want to on behalf of the Commissioner register our continued support to this organization. I am very pleased this evening on behalf of the Commissioner to officially launch the West Africa Youth Network Education Project Magazine 2018 to 2021 for public consumption.”

He said that they are aware of the challenges pupils and students face in the education sector and encouraged pupils and students to always feel free to report corruption to the ACC.

The program was climaxed by awarding staff and volunteers for their outstanding contribution to the success of the institution.

By Alpha Paul Kamara

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