Creating Safe Public Space for Youth Wellbeing in Sierra Leone
- Research: To develop an increased understanding of the key issues affecting youth wellbeing in urban areas in Sierra Leone.
- Dream collection: To create a platform and space where young people can participate in deciding how their community should look like.
- Space development: To strengthen the capacity of youth-led community-based organisations to plan and implement urban community space projects.
- Advocacy: To make local government prioritise youth participation and conducive public space in the local community development plans.
How public space intervention can improve the wellbeing of youth in slums:
- Therapeutic benefits of quiet time spent in the community centre or long bench
- A platform to display cultures and identities
- Learn awareness of diversity
- Opportunities for young and old to meet, play and hang out
- Create local attachment, result in a sense of healthy community
- Distinct resource for young people to socialise with each other
- Function as a social glue
- Differences between lifestyles and behaviour are tolerated and co-exist
- Attachment of people to their locality
- Provide opportunities for mixing with others
- The catalyst for social interaction, social mixing and social inclusion among young people and decision makers-opportunities for young people to participate in decision-making processes on matters affecting their lives in the community
- Enhance the development of community ties
- Provide opportunities for reflection or chance to escape from domestic pressures
- Provide opportunities to meet with people you have not met for a while
- Facilitate the exchange of ideas, friendships, goods and life skills
- Contribute to gender equality
- Community cohesion