‘Chances Don’t Come to Unprepared People’

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The House’s chair of the Committee on Youth and Sports at the National Legislature, Bong County District #4 Representative Lester Paye, has challenged Liberian youth to do away with vices that will sway them from achieving positive goals in life.
He therefore informed the youth that “chances don’t come to the unprepared people in life, because one does not just become lucky unless one is adequately prepared for the future endeavors.”
Rep. Paye gave the admonition yesterday when he served as one of the panelists at a program marking this year’s National Youth and Policymaker Dialogue and Partnership Development, hosted by the Federation of the Liberian Youth (FLY) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in observance of the International Youth Day Celebration in Liberia.
The program was held in the joint Chambers of the Legislature under the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement.”
Other panelists were Montserrado Senator, Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, Chair, Committee on Executive; Reps Munah Pelham Youngblood and Acarous Gray, among others.
They all admonished the youth to conduct themselves in line with law and order, while their lawmakers approach the issue that has to do with the passage of a bill on the need to teach comprehensive sexual education in schools and other youth-related issues which will contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancy in Liberia, and the status of the National Youth Act.
The event brought together over 50 young people, who interacted with the “youthful lawmakers” of the 53rd National Legislature on the National Youth Policy Act, Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Rights, among others.
It is expected that the outcome of yesterday’s dialogue would lead to the passage of a bill on the need to teach sexual reproductive health education in schools in the country.
The purpose of the day, according to the organizers, was to draw the attention of State Actors to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth.
The objectives are also to promote and highlight sexual and reproductive health, education and rights among young people; to engage duty bearers – especially lawmakers – in seeing the need for the introduction of sex education in Liberian schools and the passage of relevant bill on youth advocacy; and to increase awareness among FLY member organizations on the importance of the international youth day.

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