The Youth and Children’s Advocacy Panel (YACAP) recently held its consultative meeting in Freetown. Deliberations focused on the successful organisation of forthcoming Sierra Leone’s National Youth Summit, under the auspices of the National Youth Commission. YACAP is the national youth body with District offices and Chapters across Sierra Leone.
The Chairman of the consultative meeting, Chief Alex Nallo Jr. shared motivational insights on youth development programs.
Delegates to the consultative meeting discussed the planning and implementation of the upcoming National Youth Summit. Participants were drawn from thirty-nine (39) national and regional youth organisations. Five (5) international organizations – SOS Children’s Village, UNFPA, Global Youth Network, YMCA, iLEAD – were also in attendance.
The Youth and Children’s Advocacy Panel – Sierra Leone, was established by a group of young people advocating for the human rights, protection and development of children and young people, and for the promotion of the basic human rights in Sierra Leone.
According to Founder/CEO, Ambassador Sheku Foryoh, “YACAP is the platform for young Sierra-Leone citizens to express themselves and make their voices heard on National and global issues. Its focus on welfare and development of young people provides valuable opportunities for inclusiveness nationwide”.
The Organisation is at the forefront of policy advocacy, capacity development and human rights initiatives for the media, schools and community. Its sensitization projects on education, non-violence, child rights, and health awareness has been widely accepted as benchmark practice for sustainability in Sierra-Leone.
The consultative meeting inaugurated its working committee and approved a plan of action for the forthcoming Summit and International Youth Day celebrations.
(Edited by: Samuel Odebowale; TSEC Trust)