Camp for Peace Liberia (CFP-L), a youth-focused non-governmental organization, has concluded a one day post-election symposium under the theme, “Post Elections: Peace, Reconciliation, and Youth Engagement.”
The symposium brought together 27 participants, including students, youth representatives from various political parties, representatives of the Federation of Liberia Motorcyclist Transport Union, researchers, academics, and other development partners.
The participants exchanged ideas and stressed that the need for human security as a strong driving force to sustain peace is one of the ways to preach national reconciliation and development.
The day long event also highlighted specific issues from the 2017 elections that talked about the need for young people to manage their expectations of the new government.
Josiah F. Joekai, head of Secretariat at the National Commission on Small Arms, said human security is the driving force to sustaining peace and the country’s development.
Joekai reminded national government and policymakers of the need to prioritize the human security sector to include health, education, and better sanitation.
Albert G. Tougbaye, the secretary of Montserrado County electoral district #4 Representative, called on the youth to be productive, “through which they will promote peace and reconciliation.”
Tougbaye reminded the youth that the country will get better if they treat each other “with tolerance and respect.”
The executive director of CFP-L, B. Able Learnwillie, admonished the youth to spread whatever they acquired from the symposium to other members of their communities.
He underscored the importance of reconciliation to the growth and development of any nation.
CFP-Liberia was established in 2005 by a group of visionary youth to transform the lives of young people through community-based sensitization awareness for sustainable peace and development.
The entity was incorporated in 2010 as a non-profit organization with an overarching goal of contributing to the development, empowerment, and self-sustainability of young Liberians.
It focuses on the promotion of a culture of non-violence, reconciliation, promotion of education, and creating awareness of accountable governance and social transformation.