The State of the Youth in Sierra Leone | 2012

May 2012

This is a report of youth-led research undertaken in 2012. The purpose of the report is to amplify the voices of young people across Sierra Leone around the key issues affecting their lives. It reflects the views of over 200 young people, and is supplemented by those of other stakeholders from civil society and government actors working with and for young people.

Young people are only consulted on inferior matters, and excluded from big decisions.

Young man


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The report covers important topics affecting young Sierra Leoneans, including civic participation, education, disabilities, alcohol and drugs, livelihoods, and sexual health.

No one offers sympathy for my situation. People even push me out of moving vehicles. By foot, the 1 ½ mile journey takes me three hours.

Young man with physical disability