Cote d’Ivoire: Launching YSP

On the 16th of June, YSP was launched in Cote d’Ivoire. The event took place at the national library in Abidjan, under the theme: “The Role of Youth and Students in Building a Culture of Peace.” The launch ceremony was dedicated to inspiring future leaders who are responsible and committed to a strong nation, career development, marriage preparation, recognizing the family as a source of peace and security in the fight against early pregnancies.

The event was attended by several dignitaries including: the UPF President of the Cote d’Ivoire chapter, Imame Drame Moussa, 2 Municipal Advisors of Attecoube, the Consul of the Embassy of Liberia, the Representative of the Mayor of the Plateau, the Deputy Mayor of Port-Bouet, Peace Ambassadors, Leaders of Youth Organizations and Traditional Leaders. In total, 200 people attended the event.

The ceremony commenced with the National Anthem of Cote d’Ivoire. The welcome address was given by Assouan Chini, the Secretary General of YSP. A video followed, showing YSP activities at the national and international level. Afterword, Mr. Brou Konan Jean Marie was appointed as the President of YSP-Cote d’Ivoire and Miss Assouan Chini as the Secretary General.

In his speech as the President, Mr. Brou Konan Jean Marie stressed the role of parents and educators in raising the youth. He explained that this role goes far beyond giving them intellectual knowledge.

“what matters is their moral and ethical education… values are formed by educating the heart and developing a good personality. Cultivating the heart and a good personality has a great impact on our ability to achieve certain intangible goals, the sources of lasting fulfillment and happiness“ – Brou Konan Jean Marie

He ended his remarks by explaining that to realize his/her hopes and dreams, a young person needs a loving family environment where true love can shape his conscience and heart.

Two Peace Ambassadors gave congratulatory messages. The closing remarks were given by the AKA Excellence Sponsor Saye Lazard. He congratulated YSP members for the success of the launch. He expressed the hope that the youth will become truly responsible and committed leaders for a strong and emerging nation. The ceremony ended with the signing of a resolution, a group photo and finally a cocktail.

Prepared by Brou Konan Jean Marie