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YOUTH SENSITIZATION ON CREDIBLE ELECTION

Youth went home, exhilarated and determined to spread the word and to say Yes! to credible and violence-free elections.

Elections in Nigeria tend to be full of anticipation and tension. The  coming elections in February are proving no exception to this expectation. Unfortunately, it is often the youth who become pawns in the struggle for power. To counter this tendency, Hope for the Village Child together with a partner organization, ActionAid Nigeria is sponsoring a series of events for youth titled “We say Yes! To Credible and Violence-Free Elections.”

Over 100 youth attended the recent event. During the event the youth were enlightened by facilitators as to the importance of the use of the voter’s card. They were advised about how to safeguard their vote and how to help others to do so also. They were also instructed on proper behaviour at the voting site.

The most interesting part of the day for the participants was the showing of a film and the acting of a drama. The film was touching for those who watched because it showed the effects of the violence that followed up on elections in another African country. Seeing the mayhem and destruction was an incentive to the youth to reflect on what happens when violence is an outcome of election, and was intended to motivate them to work toward violence-free elections.  This was followed by a lively drama acting out the same theme.

Youth went home, exhilarated and determined to spread the word and to say Yes! to credible and violence-free elections.

 


Participants during the program

Participants during the program

                Playlet during the program                   Playlet during the program

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