A three day intensive business development and entrepreneurs workshops under the War Affected Youth Program (WAY) has ended in Zorzor, Lofa County. The workshop which started on Monday, June 19, 2017 ended on Wednesday 21 June with a call for young to be proactive in innovating ideas that will make their skills marketable for employment.
Launched in January 2012 by Camp for Peace Liberia, the War Affected Youth Program is aimed at rehabilitating and transforming young people as agents of positive change. Recounting the achievement of Camp for Peace Liberia’s broad objectives of inclusive growth, poverty reduction, increased employment and competitiveness, the program also creates an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and promotes micro, small and medium enterprises to make their skills marketable and sustainable. The project started in January 2012 and since then the program has ran five successful empowerment cycles with over 227 youths graduating in various disciplines such as carpentry, masonry, electricity, Plumbing and Tailoring couple with psychosocial support.
At the end of the workshop, Mr. B. Abel Learwellie, Executive Director of Camp for Peace Liberia congratulated the participants on accomplishing the three -day intensive training workshop, saying it is a beginning of a new journey towards thinking out of the box in making their skills useful. Mr. Learwellie expressed optimism that the future is brighter for the participants after undergoing vocational training, but that it is only possible if they put into practice the knowledge gained. He also used the occasion to commend sponsors and supporters including the United Steel Workers Union of Canada, the Center for Sacred Studies, the MNYS, Ann Beckett, Lois Kunkel, Agnes Strike and the many others who have supported this initiative.
Also making remark at the close of the training, two interns of Camp for Peace and graduate students of Columbia University, Ms. Anika Juliann Michel and Sebastian Osorio sincerely thank and congratulated the youth for taking the challenge to participate in the training workshop. They expressed their gratitude for the active participation of the participants during this intensive capacity building workshop. They also expressed their optimisms that the lesson learnt will go a long way in enhancing their potentials to successfully operate their individual businesses as well bring about the positive improvement and innovation in their existing or would-be businesses in the future.