Art For Change 2017
Impact in young people in Liberia art/ photography skills to set up a business when the need arises, and be self reliant.
In 2017 I was invited for the second Annual Youth Education and Empowerment Summit (AYEE Summit) which was held in Paynesville, Montserrado County, Liberia.
The summit was focus on youth education, participation, engagement, election and empowerment and the premier gathering of mentors, young leaders, youth activists, entrepreneurs, leaders in society and innovators from across Africa and the rest of the world to provide the opportunity for youth of different continents or regions to collaborate, share best practices and challenge their thinking during interactive plenary sessions and debates.
Liberia is in West Africa where 14-year civil war (1989-2003), the conflict killed over 600,000 people and more than 1.3 million were displaced from their homes.
I used the opportunity of attending the summit to organize a workshop. The aims for the Art For Change workshop was to teach the children photography, drawing and painting to empower and impact in them skills as a result that will allow the children to pursue potential career paths that utilize art and to set up their own art business when the need arises, be self reliance and contribute to their community development.