By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan (Correspondent)
ActionAid Liberia has launched its Global Platform in Gbarnga, Bong County as part of efforts to promote youth empowerment. The initiative is being supported by the Swedish Embassy in Liberia.
The Global Youth Platform is now going to serve as a one-stop-shop for the integration of ideas from young people and other local organizations across Bong County.
The Platform seeks to also act as a training ground for young people in social advocacy, climate change, and other youth engagement programs.
Action Aid Acting Head of Programs Joseph Madzvamuse called on young people of Bong County to take the lead of the facility. He made the statement at the official launch of the Global Platform at the organization’s headquarters in “Millionaire Quarter” Gbarnga.
Mr. Madzvamuse highlighted the importance of the center, calling on the local authorities in the county to see the center as their own and help encourage the citizenry to get involved in processes that benefit the country positively.
He said being a global justice federation working to achieve social justice, gender equality, and poverty reduction, Action Aid will continue to focus on strengthening the knowledge of the poor and marginalized people, especially women and youths.
He said youth empowerment can curb the rate of poverty to a large level, adding that “one of the keys to empowering the youth is with skill development. When a youth is equipped with essential skills, he or she can utilize them to feed, assist others, and even invest for future use, adding to the nation economically,” he said.
Cutting the ribbons to the newly furnished center, Bong County coordinator at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Jutomue Dakar Mulbah thanked Action Aid and partners for the idea of integrating young people under a platform that amplifies their voices to the international Community.
He specifically thanked the Swedish government for the support in establishing the center in Gbarnga committing himself to support the center at all cost.
“We are very happy to see the implementation of the project and as youth Representatives, we will do everything possible to ensure that the necessary supports are given which we believe will help the young people here in Bong County.