The Youth in Technology and Arts Network (YOTAN), a non-profitable organization which is committed to enhancing youth development and civic engagement has ended a three-day intensive advocacy training for heads of disable organizations in Bong County.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent at the ended of the training, Youth in Technology and Arts Network (YOTAN) executive director, Donnish Mulbah Pewee, disclosed that people with disabilities are often marginalized and discriminated against in accessing better and quality education.
He wants local leaders of the county to decentralize programs that will consider disable people across Bong County.
He indicated that as part of the empowerment of disable people, YOTAN is working in Jorquelleh 1 & 2 to amplify the voices of those marginalized and vulnerable people in local government decisions- making process.
Mr. Pewee said the aim of the project is to also increase the representation and participation of marginalized and vulnerable groups, particularly people living with disabilities as it relates to development planning and public service delivery in Bong County.
The Youth in Technology and Arts Network (YOTAN) boss narrated that the mission of his organization is to enhance the abilities of young people to create and access opportunities through the use of information, communication and technology, establish strategic partnerships to ensure protection or promotion of youths’ livelihood programs.
He further said promoting transparency and accountability through ICA tool and fosters peace and sustainable development across Liberia are also part of their activities.
The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Development Alternative International under the Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT).
For their part, some of the participants of the three-day training lauded YOTAN and partners for impacting such knowledge into them.
Two of Bong County disable officials, Korto G. Kollie and Samuel Kerkulah termed the training as an eyes-opener for them. They particularly appreciated the Empowerment for Government inclusion and Transparency initiative.
They said through the training, they are now able to engage their leaders about issues surrounding their organizations in the County.
Madam Kollie and Mr. Kerkulah narrated that Liberia’s progress in terms of development depends on every single individual including the physically challenged despite their conditions.
Madam Kollie and Mr. Kerkulah told our correspondent underscored the need for an office which would be used by the physically challenged in the county.
They are at the same time recommending to YOTAN and her partners for more training opportunities as it relates to enhancing youth development and civic engagement in Bong County.
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