Speech Spark Salon-Genius Week Time of Discovery in Liberia

By Gwendolyn Myers

The Speech Spark Salon-Genius Week Time of Discovery in Liberia (March 5-11, 2016) was hosted by Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP) in close collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality. The week included radio talk shows, outreach in schools, communities and an inter-high school debate between St. Peters Lutheran High School and Len Millar High School on the active involvement of youth in the quest for gender equality to achieve planet 50-50 by 2030.

The occasion was graced by Swedish Ambassador Lena Nordström, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection’s Cllr. Deweh Gray (Vice-Chair of the Law Reform Commission), Lawrence Yealue from the West Africa Representative-Accountability Lab, and community development specialist Windor Dorkor Tarplah, as well as students from 15 high schools, press, etc.

The winning team from Len Millar High School emphasized the need to nurture young people in order to achieve the agenda 2030, planet 50-50.

The debate sparked a lot of genius ideas on how to empower and partner with young people in the quest for peace, security, and gender equality. A highlight of the debate was the need for more education on gender parity. Most of the participants had limited knowledge on issues of gender.

At Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP), we have our work cut out for us, given the need to take gender, peace and security education to another level. This time around, primary school children! We need to start from the basics if planet 50-50 by 2030 is to be accomplished.

Here are some photos from the event:

Judges at work

Len Millar High School-The winning team

The winning team with guests at the event

Cross-section of studnets and youth at the program in Liberia

Gwendolyn Myers delivering official Genius Week Message in Liberia

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