UNDP, peacekeepers training Liberian youths

07 Dec 2010

UNDP and several battalions of peacekeepers attached to the UN Mission in Liberia have teamed up to provide youth in four Counties with skills training. The main aim of the various projects is to
enable youth to use the training to start up and run self-employment projects. The projects are funded by UNDP’s Community Based Recovery and Development (CBRD) Programme.

Under one project, 10 youth from Montserrado County were trained in catering, tailoring and welding skills. UNDP has also assisted some of the youth who were trained as caterers to set up a Resort Centre at the Bomi Lake, and establish a
restaurant in Tubmanburg.

Six females who were trained in tailoring received sewing machines, irons and other tailoring equipment, while four males who were trained in welding received a welding machine each, as well as equipment such as hack saws, sledge hammers, welding goggles, and electrodes. UNDP and Nigerian peacekeepers also assisted youth in Banakor Town, Bomi County to produce a film on peace and reconciliation with a focus on youth as peace makers.

Other projects include the construction of a center to train youth in computer technology, tailoring, carpentry, nursing and generator repair in Ganta, Sanniquellie, and Tappita (Nimba County) in collaboration with the Bangladeshi Battalion, as well as plans for the construction of a classroom block and furnishing of two orphanages in Buchanan (Grand Bassa County) in collaboration with the Ghanaian battalion.