7 February 2018

Liberia: Unmil SRSG Keen On Youths Political Effectiveness

Monrovia — The United Nations Secretary General Special Representative (SRSG) to Liberia, Mr. Farid Zarif, has named the Youth Political Leadership Training as a way of digging up top notch skills of young people in Liberia.

These skills according to SRSG Zarif, had been hidden among the youthful population and such program would increasingly improve their capacity to positively impact Liberia's political process.

"It had been a privileged to form part of efforts in order to dig up this gold mine of Liberia. This top notch skills and talent had been hidden amongst the youth.

Since you launched this program few years ago, I have been watching how we could increasingly support your efforts for the fact that you were discovering something that was not known to us," Zarif stated.

The UNSG Special Representative to Liberia further said that these 'hidden talents' that are being discovered through the program include desire, commitment, energy and resourcefulness of young people to positively impart Liberia democratic process.

Mr. Zarif spoke Monday at the Bella Cassa Hotel in Monrovia when 33 outstanding Young Political Leadership School fellows were certificated for their role play in positively impacting Liberia 2018 political process.

He further assured Liberians that despite the expiration of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) soon, there will be other UN entities that would continue to stay and help Liberians.

During the occasion, USAID Mission Director Anthony S. Chan expressed delight over the programs which he said is helping to prepare some of Liberia's promising and upcoming leaders.

"USAID is pleased to participate in this ceremony, which honored some of Liberia's brightest and most promising upcoming leaders," Dr. Chan noted.

He promised the United States' continuous commitment in supporting Liberia through efforts like the Young Political Leadership School.

At the same time the Young Political Leadership School said it is transforming communities and improving the effectiveness of youth participation and leadership in politics.

On Monday, February 5, 2018 certification program, YPLS Executive Director Eddie Jarwolo noted that these young people demonstrated accurate leadership skills in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.

"Our award night for 2018 for 33 outstanding YPFLS Campaign Fellows is amazing, awesome and rewarding. These fellows were assigned to various political parties' campaign teams; they used the knowledge and skills to impart the democratic transition process," YPLS Executive Director Eddie Jarwolo said.

The program initiated by NAYMOTE and sponsored by USAID since 2016, has attracted diverse group of young women and men, whom according to Jarwolo, were clearly anxious to prepare themselves for the future leadership role in Liberia.

He further maintained that 330 young political leaders have been trained since the program began.

Making remarks, one of the recipients of the YPLS Certificate, Maliah Z. Sheriff, lauded NAYMOTE for its flagship program which he described as a gateway of enhancing young people's capacity.

Sheriff, who has been appointed by President George Weah as Assistant Minister for TVET Education at the Ministry of Youths and Sports, said it was the training that helped opposition politicians achieved their quest for change of leadership.

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