The National Authorising Office (NAO) with funding from the European Union has supported the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) under the Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF-V) to organise a five days training for over fifty youths on Education and Life Skills Development for Employability to contribute to the improvement of their lives through skills development, mind set change and sensitization to create a sustainable generation
The training programme took place at the Reservation Youth Centre in Kenema City from 7th-11th June, and drew participants from Freetown, Kailahun, Bo, Port Loko, Kenema and Kono districts.
The NAO decided to support this training with funding from the European Union because Sierra Leone’s young population accounts for 42% of the country’s population and a good number is confronted with challenges of limited access to resources, education, training, employment, and broader economic development opportunities
As one major objective of the training programme, NAYCOM believes Knowledge and education are key factors to the full and effective participation of youth in the processes of social, economic and political development. Increased attention to improving participation rates of young people, particularly marginalized youth, is needed to ensure that they acquire the knowledge, capacities, skills and ethical values needed to fulfil their role as agents of development, good governance, social inclusion, tolerance and peace
Making a statement on behalf of the NAO at the opening of the training programme, Abu Bakarr Sesay commended the National Youth Commission for being one of the Key Government Institutions that has implemented TCF-V activities in the past with success in youth education, development and employability.
He went further to state that the outcomes and impacts of NAYCOM activities are highly recognised by NAO, MoPED and EU as they have transformed the social and economic lives of the youths to one that lead them to profitable jobs in Agriculture, Road Construction and Skills areas like Carpentry, Masonry and Tailoring to name a few.
Abu Bakarr Sesay ended by thanking the Head of EU Delegation to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Manuel A. Müller, for providing critical support like the TCF-V to MDAs and NSAs, and for all sectors of the country’s national economy over the past 30 years of European Union and African Caribbean Pacific Partnership agreement
Making his Keynote statement at the opening ceremony, the Commissioner National Youth Commission, Thomas Ngolo Katta said education is central to development and to the improvement of the lives of young people nationally, and as such has been identified as a priority area in nationally agreed development strategies, including the Medium–Term National Development Plan and the Education Sector Plan (2018-2020). Education is important in eradicating poverty and hunger and in promoting sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development. Increased efforts towards education accessibility, quality and affordability are central to national development efforts.
Other speakers include Mohamed Sesay, NAYCOM Regional Coordinator, a representative for the Mayor of Kenema City Council and Joseph Sannoh Civil Society Eastern Region Chairman
The training adopted a participatory and interactive methodology which comprised presentation sessions and activities to contribute to building their understanding of the skills development and training. The approach encouraged participants to share best practices and strengthened relationships between youth and Stakeholders and identify strategic actions.
The National Authorising Office facilitates the process of Development Corporation between the Government of Sierra Leone and the European Union, to ensure effective project implementation for the people of Sierra Leone.