YOCEL Summit Highlights Youth Education, Empowerment

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Participants at the just ended summit in Margibi County, Liberia

The 2017 edition of The Annual Youth Education and Empowerment Summit (AYEESummit) has ended at a resort in Margibi County with delegates highlighting education and youth empowerment.

Over 120 delegates from 22 countries in Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East attended the conference aimed at bringing young people together from around the world to discuss issues about youth empowerment and education as well as other challenges facing the youth population. At the close of the ceremony, delegates signed various resolutions covering education and youth empowerment to be submitted to stakeholders.

The summit was held under the theme, “Strengthening Collaboration Among Youth for Peace Building and Inclusiveness of Electoral Processes.” Beyan Pewee, executive director of Youth Coalition for Education Liberia (YOCEL), who was the chief organizer of the event, said as a result of the successful hosting of last year’s summit, which was the first of its kind in Liberia, YOCEL has entered into a new partnership with the Government of Rwanda through the Rwandan Convention Bureau. Pewee said the new partnership has paved the way for the hosting of the AYEESummit 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, East Africa.

The summit is an initiative of YOCEL, co-organized by Volunteers Hub Liberia and Youth Crime Watch Liberia in collaboration with Plan International. It is supported through the election project of the United Nations Development Program, European Union, Sweden, Canada and Ireland, working in partnership with the National Elections Commission (NEC) to strengthen the electoral system with a funding of US$16 million.

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