Grand Bassa – A one-day event organized by the Nyonblee Kargar-Lawrence National Youth Mentoring Program to inform students about rape and sexual assault as well as to showcase their skills to younger people has come to an end.
The discussion topics included menstrual health, public speaking, drama, signing public speaking, and good manners. The event was held at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship in Monrovia.
Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence, a senator for Grand Bassa County, spoke at the program’s conclusion and urged students to be role models for good behavior, respect for human rights, activism against gender-based violence, and academic rigor. She said it is the responsibility of the older generation to make sure that the children are aware of the future in terms of peer pressure, drug abuse, and sexual harassment that are prevalent in the society.
“We are concern about the future of this generation, we are not just leaders, but we are also mothers; because we see large segments of the young people are engaged in the consumption of drugs apparently from peer pressure.”
On sexual exploitation and abuse, she indicated that lot of young girls have had their future damaged, their dreams trashed and expose them to poverty. The Grand Bassa County Senator cautioned them to take their education seriously because their parents will continue to shoulder the responsibilities endlessly because they need to prepare for the future.
She urged them to act as role models for their other coworkers who couldn’t afford to participate in the program because the workshop equips them with knowledge of ethical conduct. Senator Lawrence, who is also the Liberty Party’s leader in politics, thanked the students for showcasing their skills in songs, debates, plays, and speeches.
“ I know all of you are ambassadors because you have acquired some knowledge that will help you make decisions on how you live your lives, associate with friends and put time in your lessons.”
During the program, Mrs. Linda Barrolle-Sabgbe, of the Ministry of Justice, lectured menstrual health and Hampheretta Reid spoke on human rights .
Dramas, debate and exhibition of talents on drug abuse, sexual based violence, the danger of rape, lectures were a conducted and presentations were made on human rights, personal hygiene, menstrual health, singing and public speaking at the program.
The students received certificates of participation and were tasked with being gender-based violence ambassadors at the conclusion of the event. The initiative was sponsored by Senator Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence and attended by over 150 pupils from schools in Monrovia and its surroundings.
Reported by: Augustine Octavius