By Ghati Mahenye- Voices of North Mara Youth
Youth taking part in transforming conflicts in villages around North Mara Gold Mine have been provided with more modern equipments that will help them collect information aimed at transforming conflicts.
The equipments included laptops cameras, tape recorders and advanced mobile phones that are suitable for new media practices.
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) donated the equipments yesterday under its project called Youth in Transformation of Conflict in Artisanal and Small- Scale Mining (YTCASM).
A total of 80 youth from Ingwe and Bwirege secondary schools are involved in implementing the project under the coordination SFCG, an international non- profit making organization supporting conflict transformation in the area.
Ms Chresensia Joseph and Mr Emmanuel Mabodo, both officials from SFCG at Tarime office handed over the equipments to the youth on behalf of the organization.
“ It is now time for you to go to the field and collect useful information that will help transform conflicts and save children from engaging in artisanal and small scale mining “,Ms Chresensia said on her brief handing over remarks .
The youth promised to make good use of the equipment.
In June this year, the youth received a special training on research and journalism techniques under the project that has also been given green light by key stakeholders including local leaders.
They are conducting research on a number of issues mostly in relation to children seen working in artisanal and small scale mining areas during schools hours.
Mr Emmanuel Mabodo from SFCG Tarime office hands over laptop to chairman of Voices of North Mara Youth chairperson at Ingwe secondary school Samson Kihinda