The Program Director for Empowerment of Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) at BRAC-Liberia has reaffirmed her organization’s continuous support to communities, particularly in the areas of skills training, psychosocial counseling, and human resource development.
Madam Anita Anzoyo made the assertion recently at the launch of a nationwide seminar for community leaders, which was held at the S.D. Cooper Road Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The initiative, she said, is aimed at creating the necessary awareness among community leaders on the cardinal role parents, guardians and community leaders can play in the proper upbringing of adolescents.
She said the training is the beginning of the organization’s initiative that is expected to cover all parts of the country.
Madam Anzoyo noted that community leaders play more pivotal role in ensuring that the adolescents are educated on all negative vices that have the tendency to lead to engaging in early sex and marriage, unwanted pregnancy, among other “bad things.”
She used the occasion to remind participants that if they failed to instill moral, social and other disciplines in the youth, the future of the country’s precious jewels will be bleak and elusive.
For their part, the participants lauded BRAC-Liberia for the initiative and pledged to make maximum use of the knowledge acquired in their quest to make meaningful contribute to nation building.
They also promised to take ownership of the exercise through their active participation in educating peers on the dangers of rape, early sex or marriage as well as unwanted pregnancy, among other negative vices in society.
The day-long interactive program brought together community leaders, youth and women groups from the community and other places including those from the Slipway and West Point communities.