By Adama Tine
Ansumana Ceesay, Senior Programme Officer at the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) has said that the management of public facilities is a problem in the country with most people thinking that what belongs to everybody belongs to nobody.
Speaking on Monday in Kwinella, Lower River Region, during the wrapping up of a six-day training of out of school youth on leadership, civic rights and duties to prepare them to transition to adulthood and responsible citizens, Ceesay added that what is important is what ‘one can do for his/her community, society and country’ at large while adding that everyone can be a civic leader by using your skills, knowledge and time to volunteer in the development of your community.
The NCCE SPO revealed that out-of-school youth have the skills, knowledge and time to contribute meaningfully to national development ‘if they are supported’. He underscored the role of out-of-school youth as essential, and therefore called on people to change their perspective towards them as dropouts and not important.
According to him, NCCE will continue with their engagements to build and consolidate a mature political culture in which all citizens regardless of gender and age will be more aware of and fully exercise their rights and responsibilities as well as participate effectively in nurturing and broadening our nascent democracy. He expressed the hope that the training will promote patriotism, responsible citizenship and civic consciousness as well as leadership skills among young people who are undoubtedly the future of the country, in an effort to prepare them for their transition to adulthood and positively contribute to national development.
“Each generation has a duty to pass on to the next, not only a fully functioning government responsive to the needs of the people, but the tools and skills to understand and improve it,” he said.