The United Nations recognises August 12 as the International Day of the Youth. This day was set aside to bring awareness to youth issues worldwide. As a part of the celebration, Sierra Leone launched this year its first ever “Status of Youth Report”, a publication whose major objective is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the status of the youth in the country, focusing on prioritised thematic areas such as youth employment and economic empowerment, education and training, health development indicators, and youth participation in development.

The “2012 Sierra Leone Status of Youth Report” has been produced to inform relevant national development policies and strategies, in order to ensure that young women and men benefit from existing and emerging new opportunities in Sierra Leone. Within the country’s social, economic, political, cultural and sectorial context, the report will be used to identify potential opportunities and to what extent these can be scaled up in order to benefit the young women and men.

The celebration of the International Youth Day in Sierra Leone was augmented by a National Youth Employment forum. The purpose of this forum was to create a path forward to generate employment and economically empower the youth to play a more meaningful and productive role in the development of their communities and the nation at large.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sierra Leone