In Sierra Leone, over half the population is between 15 – 35 years old. AYM’s Seirra Leone office secured funding to implement a five month youth and development piece.
AYM Sierra Leone secured funding from ENCISS to implement a five month youth and development project on the topic, “Contributing to Increased Relevance of the National Youth Commission to Youths in Wards 271 and 272 of Bonthe District.”
The ENCISS (Enhancing the Interaction and Interface between Civil Society and the State) Programme is an initiative of UKaid and the EU aimed at improving accountability and strengthening citizens’ voice, participation in decision-making and access to information.
This project addresses the ENCISS theme of Youth and Development. The National Youth Commission is the main national structure generally charged with the responsibility to implement policies and projects which will empower youths to develop their potential for the overall development of Sierra Leone. Contributing to increased awareness on the existence, purpose and functions of this vital institution, including its efficiency and accountability is therefore seen by AYM Sierra Leone as a relevant contribution to the role and status of youths in the development of their communities in Wards 271 and 272 of the Bonthe district.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in sub-saharan Africa. [Sierra Leone Telegraph]
The 2003/2004 Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey also shows the incidence of poverty among youth was about 58 percent. [IMF – International Monetary Fund (PDF)]
Investment in skills training is needed to give the Sierra Leonean youth more productive and access job opportunities and income. [IMF (PDF)]
Training and opportunities must be available at community and district levels for greatest effect. [VSO – (Volunteer Service Overseas)]