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YPLSA Semester 8 official opening session

Our Young Political Leadership School Africa officially opened today, October 25, 2021 at the Bella Casa Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia. We were glad to have the Honorable Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohammed J. Jalloh served as keynote speaker. The Honorable Vice President of the Republic of Liberia Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America- H.E. Michael A. McCarthy, Ambassador, Embassy of the United Kingdom-H.E Mr. Neil Bradley, Mr. Joe Pemagbi, Mano River Hub Manager- Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), and other dignitaries graced the opening session.

We kickstarted YPLSA semester 8 by allowing our participants to sing the chorus of their various nations national anthems, follow by our share your experience session where participants tell stories of their engagement in leadership and political organizing.

The official opening ceremony of the Young Political Leadership school Africa semester 8 began with a statement from the H. E Ambassador Neil Bradley

Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Liberia

Hon Neil Bradley begin by saying " Democracy is the system of government that best preserve stability and contribute to long term prosperity". he further stress on the important of servant leadership by saying " Leadership is about service to others , every leaders should live by values and be able to speak truth to power".

Ambassador Bradley close by sharing with our participants 7 values of a good leader:

  • Integrity and honesty

  • Respect for others

  • Compassion

  • Expertise

  • Resilience

  • Courage

  • Public Service

Furthermore, H. E Ambassador Michael A McCarthy - Ambassador of the United States of America to Liberia began by reaffirming the United States commitment to support the efforts of African nations fight against the corvid 19 pandemic.

Amb. Micheal McCarthy continue by telling participants to listen to leaders and learn from them because they have face the hard choices.

Hon. McCarthy further share that every leaders should exercise humility and be a leader that will be miss in their absence in order to enhance their leadership abilities.

Young Political Leadership School is moving forward. Many thanks and appreciation to all of our invited guests for gracing the occasion.

Thanks Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and National Endowment for Democracy for funding cohort 8 of the YPLS Africa. Keep following for more updates as we continue our week long training of Young Political Leaders.

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