April 2, 2008

NEWS: NGO Advocates Youth Participation in Democracy (AFRICA)

NGO Advocates Youth Participation in Democracy

NEWS - 1 April 2008

By Moses John - Abuja

A non-governmental organisation, Youth, Media and Communication Initiative (YMCI), has called for a national integration that would enable young people play an active role in democracy and development.

Coordinator of YMCI, Mr. Chido Onumah, made the appeal yesterday in Abuja at the 1st National Youth Media Training Workshop, organised by YMCI in collaboration with the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Chido, who described children as "the leaders of tomorrow," said there was need for a framework that would ensure the introduction of media education into the school curriculum, adding that such step would address and ensure fair representation of issues affecting young people and their communities.

According to him "the aim of YMCI is not to teach children and youth to become journalists, but to train them as agents for social mobilisation and social change, to develop their capacity for effective communication and self expression so that they can positively impact their schools, communities and society".

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