YOCEL to Host Youth Education, Empowerment Summit

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The Youth Coalition for Education (YOCEL), a non-profit organization, is expected to hold a three-day Youth, Education and Empowerment (AYEE) Summit in Monrovia.

The event, which will take place from November 21-23, will bring together about 100 young business leaders and innovators from the sub-region, including Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana, The Gambia, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Niger, and
Mauritania to Monrovia to discuss ways to shape the education system in the sub-region.

The AYEE Summit – in partnership with IBIS-Liberia, YMCA, Actionaid-Liberia, Comax, Embassy of Sweden and J-Palm Liberia, among others – will be held on the theme: “Reimagining Education across Africa; Liberia a Must.”

Beyan Flomo Pewee, Executive Director of YOCEL, who spoke to journalists yesterday at his Paynesville office, said the summit will provide an opportunity for young African leaders to collaborate, share best practices and challenges.

The initiative is the result of challenges in the country’s education and health sectors as they relate to the rest of the sub-region, he said.

Pewee believes that the summit will provide a platform for YOCEL to help develop the minds of young Africans, including Liberians.

“We have held debates in the education and election sectors and so the international organizing committee of the AYEE Summit 2016 decided to focus on Liberia with specific interest on education.

“At this summit, we will be looking at how we can improve education across Africa, taking Liberia as a case study,” he said. Pewee said the summit will look into the Liberian government’s Private Public Partnership (PPP) program, which outsourced the education sector to a private entity, and its implications.

Mr. Pewee said the summit’s sessions will highlight innovative practices and projects to facilitate collaboration on education.

He also said that the summit’s participants will discuss the implications of a broken education system in Africa and what can be done about it.

Pewee said the summit will deliberate on developing generational leaders to change the destiny of the continent as well as the use of technology.

“This is a fantastic example of how YOCEL can act as a convening power of like-minded organizations across the continent to educate the next generation,” he said.

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