ECOWAS, Youth for Change Incorporated have concluded a national debate competition among schools in commemoration of this year’s ECOWAS Volunteer’s Day.
The competition themed Volunteers Agents of Social Cohesion and Promotion of the Culture of Peace in the Face of Insecurity in the Sub-Region was held among eight selected schools in Monrovia.
The tournament organized by ECOWAS Volunteers’ and implemented by Youth for Change Incorporated, in the auditorium of the College of West Africa came to an end with Multee International School system being crowned champions to represent Liberia next year in Nigeria at the Central Regional tournament in the pilot phrase of the competition.
The ECOWAS Volunteer’s Program Country Coordinator, Nouhan Kamara, speaking at the close of the tournament said that the ECOWAS Volunteer’s Day is celebrated every year on the 26th of March to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
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He said the ECOWAS Volunteers’ Program is aimed at increasing youth participation and awareness of ECOWAS agenda 2050 with key interest in the youthful population of Africa and include young people in decision making.
He also said the ECOWAS Volunteers program currently covers five countries for its pilot phase namely, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso.
He added that the ECOWAS Volunteers Program was officially launched on March 26, 2010, in Monrovia, Liberia, and aims at inserting the skills and expertise of volunteer citizens in the Sub-region across the different sectors.
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He further stated that the overall goal of the ECOWAS Program is to develop a team of youth both male and female, united in their belief in the benefits of peace-building and reconciliation as a development tool to establish peace in their nations and region.
He disclosed that ECOWAS volunteer endeavors to promote Africa expertise and skills at work for sustainable development and greater social impact under the solidarity, Unity, Hopes and dreams of Africa theme.