For dedicating their services to strengthening and promoting positive youth and community engagement in support of democratic governance and sustainable development in Liberia, the National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) has been named Civil Society Organization (CSO) of the year 2016 by the Management of Capitol Times Newspaper.
NAYMOTE preferment as CSO 2016 comes over the heels of its numerous programs aimed at building the capacity of young political leaders to be more effective and increase youth and women participation in decision making processes, amongst others. In a conversation with Capitol Times, Eddie Jarwolo Executive Director of NAYMOTE said the recognition is noteworthy as the 2017 election draws closer and it has inspired NAYMOTE to do more to enhance democratic governance in Liberia. “We are inspired and motivated by this recognition, to do more for our country because we are an innovative institution. NAYMOTE has been around since 2001, and for more than fifteen years we have committed ourselves to serving Liberia,” Jarwolo said. NAYMOTE, he said has reached this far “due to our huge number of volunteers spread across the country who believe in our vision. We are a leading civil society organization in Liberia promoting youth civic engagement, democracy, human rights and participatory governance in Liberia”, Jarwolo mentioned. On breeding of young political leaders, Jarwolo said the Young Political Leadership School is currently impacting the lives of young people by building their capacities and working with their political parties so that they can develop messages that will resonate with the people and make the elections more participatory. To increase citizens’ engagement and participation in electoral processes, Jarwolo said NAYMOTE has created a social platform called Liberia Decides, targeting young people who are active in the use of the Internet to communicate on critical national issues like job creation, better education, health care, security, amongst others. “Young politicians are leaders of the generation; they are mostly transformation leaders who are passionate with a lot of energy, and they can use their numbers to change anything. Their participation has not been well informed so the dividend of their participation had kept them unemployed. So we are building their capacity to take up leadership roles”, he emphasized. “Today, so many young people have gone through our Academy and they are working with their political parties developing messages and platforms, appearing on radio programs that are appealing to the people based on the message to move Liberia forward,” Jarwolo intoned. In order to expand the vision of the group, Jarwolo indicated that NAYMOTE has purchased a land to build a leadership Academy. “One of the major issues in Liberia is leadership. We have already purchased a land and we are thinking about building a leadership Academy in Liberia. We are hopeful that this young political leadership school can produce the next generation of leaders of this country that will provide better services for the citizenry,” Jarwolo said hopefully.