Somaliland: Youth-led Training
Fifty youth from the Somaliland Culture and Sports Association (SOCSA) received five day civic engagement training from their Global Citizen Corps (GCC) peers in Hargeisa to officially join the GCC team already consisting of 167 youth across Somaliland.
Mohamed Meygag, also known as 'Mr. Action' said they plan to extend their mentorship trainings to the rest of the regions in Somaliland in order to reach out to as many youth as possible. He called upon the youth to embrace the program saying that given an opportunity, the youth can make a positive contribution in their communities.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the training, Shukri Hassan, Mercy Corps GCC Program Officer, proudly attributed the success of the training to the GCC peer mentors who delivered a lot of the training. She also mentioned that the training was the very first one in which the female participants exceeded the number of male participants.
Katra Kalil, Executive Director of SOCSA urged the youth to implement what they learned during the training and to actively take part in volunteer work in order to make a difference in their communities.
“We are so glad our youth have received their first ever civic engagement training. The GCC curriculum teaches youth how to be productive members of the society. Civic engagement is still new in our country and therefore it is important for you to understand and grasp its main goal. The GCC training equips youth with the necessary tools to work for your communities as volunteers and also seeks to reiterate what you ought to do for your country and your own rights as law abiding citizens,” Katra said.