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Liberia YMCA, ICCO Build Psychosocial Capacity for Twenty

Source: Emmanuel King, Jr.
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A three-day psychosocial workshop took place in mid-March at the LOIC compound in Monrovia, Liberia, for counsellors in the Youth in Peace Building and Governance Programme.

With support from the Inter-Church Coordinating Organization (ICCO) and implemented by the YMCA of Liberia, in collaboration with the Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC), the workshop was aimed at building partnerships and networks under the ICCO Peace Building programme.

It was also intended to provide psychosocial support and career counselling skills to LOIC Trainees and counsellors, in the peace building and youth development interventions respectively.

During the workshop sessions, participants discussed counselling and its application, social-related concepts in society, stress and stress management, career motivation, and conflict and its resolution.

According to Vonyee Newton Kolison, Coordinator of the Liberia YMCA-ICCO Youth in Peace Building Programme, follow-up visits are expected to Gbarpolu, Nimba and Bong Counties. In these regions, trainees are currently working under their various programmes, in partnership with ICCO, to monitor the implementation of learning from the training and the impact on working with war affected youth and communities in these locations.

The workshop functioned to Train the Trainers and was intended to prepare counsellors to work effectively with trainers currently working with youth enrolled in the LOIC vocational and life skills programmes in the named counties. “During the follow-up visits, organizers will assess how participants are relating and building social networks with their trainers and communities,” said Kolison of the Liberia YMCA.

Following the training, it is expected that the process of reintegration will be enhanced on a better scale in the project sites of the Inter-Church Coordinating Organization and partners.

The workshop was part of series of activities under the Youth in Peace Building and Governance Programme (YPBG) sponsored by ICCO. The YPBG provides a wide range of skills and activities aimed at resolving conflict in a non-violent manner. The programme is also intended to develop the knowledge of young people in leadership.

Rider: This article is part of the Africa Alliance of YMCA's news dispatch. For more please visit: www.africaymca.org