Gbarnga, August 8, 2021… About twenty-seven Liberians are currently benefiting from a two-week training of trainers workshop in cooperative development and management in the town of Gbarnga, Bong County.
Participants from six communities namely: Tumutu, Salala and Totota in Bong County; Ganglota, Salayea, Konia, Yeala and Boi in Zorzor district, Lofa county.
Presentation of the training during the opening program, Mr. Salif Haji. Massalay, ILO Country Director in Liberia, said the training is part of a peacebuilding intervention implemented jointly by the ILO, with FAO and WFP, in Liberia and is funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund entitled “Strengthening the role of youth in conflict reduction by promoting rural employment opportunities in conflict-prone areas”.
He said the project aims to keep the peace by addressing two root causes of the conflict in Liberia, namely grievances about the insufficient participation of young women and men in settling local disputes and the lack of opportunities for conflict. employment and livelihoods for rural youth.
Land conflicts are a major factor of fragility in post-war Liberia, including in Bong and Lofa counties where the project is active. To maintain inclusive youth peace and improve social cohesion.
“This ToT workshop as part of the ILO deliverables is sponsored by the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund Project:” Sustaining Peace and Improving Social Cohesion through the Promotion of Rural Employment Opportunities for young in Conflict-Prone Areas in Bong and Lofa Counties ”.
Mr. Massalay added that the project identified Bong and Lofa counties as two conflict-prone areas for many reasons, including the level of involvement of young people during the civil conflict, their lack of participation in decision-making processes. decision, and lack of employment and livelihood. Opportunities.
He said that in order to keep the peace, they convinced the Peacebuilding Office of the need to intervene in these communities.
He said the project is being implemented in Tumutu, Salala and Totota, Bong County, targeting 600 young people as direct beneficiaries. The beneficiary communities of the project in Lofa County are: Gangota, Salayea, Zorzor District, including Konia, Yeala and Boi, also targeting 600 young people.
For his part, Mr. John R. Dennis of the United Nations Peacebuilding Office assured participants that at the end of the training, they will receive the necessary resources and support to organize themselves and have structures. effective cooperatives for the benefit of their respective communities.
He said that prior to the arrival of the project, an analysis of a survey conducted by the Peacebuilding Office in Liberia shows that the project will serve well for the targeted communities.
The TOT workshop facilitators are: Mr. Albert Omar Mruma, International Facilitator of the ILO based in Tanzania and Local Facilitator, Mr. Nathaniel T. Saah, Sr, Secretary General of the National Federation of Cooperative Societies of Liberia Ltd. / and project consultant.
The training which started on Thursday August 5, 2021 ends on August 15, 2021.
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