NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development is hosting a two-day youth conference in Weala, Cinta Township, Margibi County on September, 4th and 5th, under the theme: “Democracy, Elections and Governance”. The conference will bring together 100 emerging leaders from different youth organizations, Civil Society Organizations, universities, high schools and communities in Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties.
The youth conference is part of a series of interventions aimed at helping young people deepen their understanding of democratic processes and the long-term benefits of their participation in these processes as well as enhancing their ability to strengthen Liberia’s democratic gain.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Len Eugene Nagbe, will serve as keynote speaker. Panelists at the conference include Cllr. Gloria M. Scott, Chairperson, Constitution Review Committee; Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei, Program Manager, Political and Legal Reforms/Decentralization
Program, Governance Commission; and Josiah F. Joekai, Jr., Director of Civic and Voter Education, National Elections Commission; among others, the organization said in a press release.
The Executive Director of NAYMOTE, Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, believes that the conference will inspire and motivate young people to take leadership and ownership of various democratic processes, including the Constitution Review, the Decentralization (Local Government) Act and
Elections, as young people constitute the greater percentage of the Liberian population.
Climaxing the conference, the participants will strategize on ways that they can contribute to the constitutional review, the local government act (decentralization policy) and elections, and design a civic engagement action plan for the next two years. The conference is part of activities under a grant to NAYMOTE from the National Endowment for Democracy based in the USA.
NAYMOTE promotes citizens’ understanding of democratic processes and the long-term benefits of their participation in these processes. Established in 2001, the institution has been one of the leading grassroots organizations promoting democracy, peace-building, human rights and civic engagement in Liberia.