Youth Leadership and Role of Youth Leaders in the Digital Age in promoting peace, Human Rights and Democracy was thoroughly discussed at Kilole Hotel in Bishoftu Town yesterday. The issues were facilitated by two professionals (Trainers); one in leadership and the other in legal matters both with vast experience in the context in Oromia Regional State and the country. The participants of the training were CDCB staff and Volunteers and the youth drawn mostly from the media (both regular and social media) that can positively influence the public on Human Rights, Rule of Law, Democracy and Peace in Oromia and the country at large. The event is part of the project under implementation by the Center for Development and Capacity Building (CDCB) in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The six-day training is tailored to the context covering major topics: Youth Leadership for positive change, Human Rights, Rule of Law and Good Governance, Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Digital Advocacy Strategy, Media, Information and Digital Literacy and Socail media for Professional Use and Technical Verification. At the end of the training participants will develop an action plan for the future.
In the first training session, Leadership was defined as “Leadership is a social process that enables people to work together as a cohesive group to produce collective results”. It was further explained that it is the process of influencing followers to achieve a given vision which means there should be a delineated goal or direction to lead.
The second presentation was made and discussion held over was Human Rights, Rule of Law and Good Governance by the Professional of the Law who is well versed theoretically and in practice by virtue of serving in the courts. He is well aware of sensitive wrong practices done so may be unaware of the bad consequences and/or done out of emotions without meeting due process of the law. The trainer added that such bad incidents were repeated here and there having repercussions on communities with the potential to dissociate the public and the government.
Different cases documented by the Ethiopian Human Rights commission were presented for evidence-based discussion that demonstrated the severity of the issues and the need for continued engagement.
The discussion has been arranged to continue throughout the week on similar issues of Advocacy Strategy for Youth Empowerment; Conflict Sensitive Reporting; and Media, Information and Digital Literacy.