Foundation seeks meaningful engagement of youths during election
Consequent upon its keen interest in youth intervention programs, Peacemakers Community Development Foundation, a non-profit organization with affiliation to a U.S based non-profit organization known as Peacemakers Community Development Centre (PCDC), have concluded plans to ensure that Nigerian youth are meaningfully engaged during 2019 General Elections.
Speaking with newsmen on the plans to engaging the youths in the forthcoming general election, founding member of Peacemakers Community Development Foundation Centre, Shola Adedeji said the centre intends to empower the youth for self-sufficiency by developing their capacity and capability as individuals towards being job creators rather than used as instrument of thuggery.
“We have designed plans that will ensure that Nigerian youth are meaningfully engaged during 2019 General Elections in order to avoid being used as instrument of thuggery. We intend to empower the youths for self-sufficiency by developing their capacity and capability as individuals towards being job creators,” she said.
According to Adedeji, the organisation which was founded in 2002 as Peacemakers Community Development Centre (PCDC) in Irvington, New Jersey, United States, was incorporated in the year 2007, while Peacemakers Community Development Foundation, the sister organization in Nigeria came into existence in 2012 with youth empowerment training program. It was formally registered as a non-profit in December 2016.
She stated that the foundation plan is to expose and engage the youths in skills acquisition that would be beneficial to them now and in the future. She added that in the past five years, the organization have assisted over 50 at-risk youths in overcoming their challenges like re-unites the homeless with their parents or foster care parents through counseling.
“As part of our roles as a non-governmental and non-profit organization, we aim to offer the youth employment through community support services. In addition, we plan to put in place natural skills that support youth empowerment program so as to place them right program for a better future vis-à-vis, intellectual, communication, artistic, life coping and manipulative skills.
“Aside that, we also plan to engage those youth that are dropout by sending them back to school to acquire knowledge for their future betterment through provision of technical and vocational education, provision of special scholarship programs, amongst others,” she stated.
Adedeji noted that there need to educate and empower Nigerian youth in order to overcome the complex challenges, especially in the area of being used as instruments of thuggery during elections, adding that the foundation mission is to invest in the wellness, welfare and success of the disadvantaged youth through various programs and case management services.
She explained that amongst the foundation’s special programs is care for the aged (senior citizens), tagged ‘65+ Old People Appreciate Event’. She stressed that the foundation is committed to the welfare advancement of both American and Nigerian citizens as well as Africans in general.
“We are into the promotion of educational-oriented activities, capacity building and empowerment of people for self-sustainability. Also, we are helping the kids in the community to overcome their academic challenges.
“In addition, we organize workshops, seminars and various training programs directed towards youth and women development. It is our belief that these diverse programs will enhance an all-round development of socio-political and economic sectors of their society,” she stated.
Highlighting the fact that youths are the future or pillars of any nation, Adedeji stated that the diverse challenges confronting Nigerian youth have not only stop them from attaining their dreams but also become hindrances to the development and growth of the country.
According to her, “in globalized world, Nigerian youth are faced with various problems vis-à-vis: unemployment, illiteracy – poor state of education, distraction through social media, lack of both social and national securities, bad governance with corruption, poverty and lack of funds to purchase entrepreneurship efforts.”