As part of the 2018 International Youth Day celebration, South Saharan Social Organisation in collaboration with Youth Decide on 13thAugust 2018 organized a Youth Symposium tagged ‘Safe Spaces for Youth Development’ in Enugu. The event was attended by youth leaders from different fields in the south east.
The main focus of the symposium was the use of safe spaces for youth development in Nigeria. In the first session, the M & E Officer of South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO) Mr. Udochukwu Egwim facilitated the training on ‘Data for Development (D4D)’.
In his presentation, Mr. Udochukwu explained the relevance of data in every sector of development. He stated that making data accessible to decision-makers ensures that youths can voice their opinions to the government, policy-makers, and the private sector. He noted that this participation gives voice to the youth and ensures that the youth can be involved in development process.
In conclusion, he highlighted the need for digital data collection and some processes with which it can be done. He ended by explaining how digital data collection can benefit the youth.
Mr. Okenwa the convener of Youth Decide 2019 in Enugu, anchored the interactive session on good governance. The session was marked with comments from participants, majority of which stated that the country has not made any meaningful progress and that the leaders are responsible for this. The participants agreed that there is need for youth to get involved and disrupt the narrative and continue the discussion in a broader platform.
The Executive Director SSDO Mrs. Nkechi Igwe, commended the youth for finding out time to come for the event. She emphasized the need for youth to create safe spaces for themselves before expecting same from society. Also, she admonished them to get their Permanent Voters Card and be ready to vote during the 2019 elections. She enlightened them more on the Radio School Program and how it gives people opportunity to be educated.
The final session was anchored by the Communication Officer SSDO, Gloria Favour. She trained the participants on the use of social media as a digital space for development.
At the end of the event, the participants commented that they were enlightened and their expectations were meant.