The Youth Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Project (YEEP) funded by the African Development Bank and Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Youth Affairs and National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) has held a four day seminar which started on the 16th of September 2019 and ended on the 19th of September 2019 at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology.
Africell and UNICEF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to utilise the mobile technology platform, U-Report to support the on-going review of the National Youth Policy.
Over the next two years, Africell will make an in-kind donation of removing any charges for all on-net SMS traffic on the 2080 U-Report short-code. This is a build up from the earlier support of reduced rate for bulk SMS messaging for the U-Report platform.
The Deputy Minister of Youth, Hon. Lusine Kallon has today, Wednesday 18th September, 2019 toured the east end of Freetown to peacefully resolve the proposed strike action of the Sierra Leone Commercial Motor Bike Riders Union.
This move was necessitated by the heightened internal conflict among members and a reported external interference.
Contestants for this year’s Miss Sierra Leone Beauty Pageantry have called at State House to pay a courtesy call on His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio ahead of Saturday’s contest.
First Lady Mrs. Fatima Bio, who presented the contestants, thanked the President for hosting the team, saying that it was an honour to be around them. She said that they were meeting the President to officially inform him about the contest because the New Direction Government believed in youth empowerment.
Contrary to claims circulated by one Edward Massaquoi that the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon “abused his authority and used impersonation to hijack” his agriculture project, AYV investigations reveal that there are two projects with similar names; with one of them being totally under the control of the Youth Affairs Ministry while the other is not, and had never been.
It could be recalled that sometime in July 2019, Edward Massaquoi who claims to be a US Navy Veteran circulated a letter to various institutions including the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) leveling scathing allegations Lusine Kallon, Deputy Youth Minister.
It’s been more than 15 years since the end of Sierra Leone’s civil war – and later a devastating Ebola outbreak – both of which combined to make an underperforming economy difficult to revive.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa, indeed in the entire world. Nearly two in three youths in the country are unemployed or underemployed. This reality pushes thousands each year to seek work abroad, often through irregular routes.
It is not often that a 33-year-old is made a minister in Africa. Mohammed Orman Bangura is gaining popularity in Sierra Leone for substantive work and for his style.
The Youth Affairs Minister is determined to prove that young people in positions of authority can make a lasting impact in citizens’ lives.
Orman Bangura’s life journey has been a remarkable one. The death of his father when he was a toddler devastated the family’s finances. At the time, his widowed mother thought her son’s best shot at a good life was becoming a tailor or a baker. At just 11 years old, Mr. Bangura enlisted as an apprentice in a tailoring shop.
Winner of BlogforDevelopment for Sierra Leone, Tholoma Sumah will be among other speakers to grace the Kenema District Youth Ambassadors (KeDYA) regional youth summit slated for the 11-12 August 2019 in Kenema District with the theme: Transforming Education.
The summit which will be organized by KeDYA will be bringing together youth from across the country to discuss development challenges and proffer solutions.
Tholoma Sumah who works as a Reporter, Script Editor, Producer and Presenter at the AYV Media Empire will be speaking on the topic: Youth in Agriculture.
A latest survey done in Freetown has shown that 21% of prostitutes in the capital Freetown are children under the age of eighteen years. The research which was done by Pink Power Organization and Brighter Horizon Project also revealed that most of these children had their first sexual experience through rape.
The research shows that these children who constitute this category fall within the age bracket of 11 and 15.
As Sierra Leone joins the world in the celebration of World Menstrual Day, the Hawa Trust Foundation, a non-government organization that works with children, women and youth in the Bombali district together with Marion Tee Koroma and the Bombali District Council has organized a training for 20 schools at the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) Hall.
The training was held on the topics: “Why considering mental hygiene as important, what is menstruation, health problems related to poor mental hygiene, how women and girls can keep themselves healthy during their period among others.
Following the government’s stride for a national peace infrastructure in the country, the Civil Society Consultative Forum on National Peace and Cohesion recently concluded a-two-day conference to discuss the upcoming Bintumani III Conference. The consultation was held at the Youyi Building Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown.
The conference according to the Executive Director Campaign for Good Governance Marcella Samba Sesay is for CSOs to deliberate on their position in advance of the Bintumani III Conference.
Isha Bassie, 23, is the latest victim of the deadly actions of secret society members in Sierra Leone.
While the government continues to pay leap service on the unacceptable and scary increase in reports of forceful initiations into the Bondo secret society that continues to ruin the future of women and children, Isha, like many other young girls, has been forced to flee for her life and disappear to an unknown destination.
On Monday 19th May, 2019, there would be a book launch at the British Council, Tower Hill in Freetown titled: Unforgettable Life Journey. The book is a memoir written and published by the author Prince Cummings.
The leading mobile operator in Sierra Leone, Africell has donated learning materials to pupils in the Southern and Western Rural Areas District (WARD) respectively, mainly to capacitate them in the forthcoming National Primary School Examinations (NPSE).
According to the company’s head of event and sponsorship, Abdul Aziz Kamara, during the event in the southern province marking the handing over of the learning materials, stated that the move is to support the Free Quality Education program of the ruling government, in giving out support to vulnerable pupils in the country.
The Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon. Mohamed O. Bangura has today received an outstanding recognition from visiting Armed Forces from Ghana, Zambia, Niger, Togo and Nigeria.
Receiving thirteen (13) students and six (6) instructors from the rank of Major, Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel and General, the Minister said he inherited a huge challenge in the youth sector but his focus was to change the thinking pattern of the youth towards governance and their country in particular.
IOM Chief of Mission (5th from the right), Ambassador of Japan (5th from left) pose after the signing ceremony.
At least 2,000 Sierra Leonean youths facing chronic unemployment or underemployment will receive market-driven vocational training over the next three years under a project funded by the Government of Japan.
“IOM has a long-standing experience addressing issues related to youth, migration and employment,” said Sanusi Savage, Head of the IOM Office in Sierra Leone. “We hope that through this new initiative, we can unlock the entrepreneurship potential of Sierra Leonean youths and help them contribute to the development of the country.”
The Sweissy Jewelers’ Association - Sierra Leone, a non-governmental and business-oriented organization has elected Mamadi Kallon as Chairman of the association for a three years term following the peaceful conducted of the election at Bishop House, Siaka Steven Stadium in Freetown. Mamadi Kallon the elected Chairman for 2019-2021 polled 232 votes while his contender Michael Ibrahim Sannoh polled 14 votes.