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Somali Peace and Development Organisation in Finland

International Somali Youth Day


Youth for better change Date: Venue: Address: Description The primary aim of the seminar is to celebrate the anniversary of the formation of Somali Youth League (SYL), initially known as the Somali Youth Club (SYC), which was the first political organization in Somalia. It played a key role in the nation's road to independence during the 1950s and 1960s. It is worth mentioning that the founding members of SYL were young patriots with national vision, they were small in number and some of them were teenagers with little education if any, but still they were able to achieve so much for Somali nation. Therefore, The seminar aims to point out and emphasize the contribution of those thirteen young heroes in securing Somali national sovereignty and spearheading the subsequent stages of development in the country, the seminar also looks at what the current youth can learn from the pioneers of Somali independence, the interplay between the past and present of Somali political, economic and Social structures, what more the Somali youth need to do to repair their tarnished image in and out of Somalia and become actively engaged in Somalia, while striking the balance of doing well in their current home country, Finland and try to influence positively the trends in their country of origin, Somalia. Furthermore, the seminar will focus on the role of the Somali Diaspora, especially youth, in peace building, national unity and development in Somalia. In this regard, the seminar will bring together relevant authorities, institutions, organisations and individuals to address the following crucial issues: 15th May 2013 Entresse Library, Siltakatu 11 02770 Espoo, Finland

Somali Peace and Development Organisation in Finland

International Somali Youth Day


The challenges and opportunities of the Finnish-Somali youth in Finland What kind of empowerment do Somali youth need to take up their rightful places within the Finnish society? Emphasize the responsibilities of the Finnish-Somali youth to become progressive, productive and decent citizens in Finland. Analyse ways in which the youth can become a resource for the solution of Somali conflict and contribute to the reconstruction and development of Somalia. The seminar takes a look at current patterns of youth marginalization and develops effective and efficient strategic approaches for the social inclusion of youth. Moreover, there will be keynote speeches on the following themes: Empowering youth to excel in their studies and get employment opportunities in Finland The causes and effects of youth marginalisation in Finland Constructive contribution of the youth to peace and development in Somalia; Political and economic emancipation of youth in Somalia. Additinally, an expert panel discussion in Somali will take place in the second part of the seminar .

Somali Peace and Development Organisation in Finland

International Somali Youth Day


Seminar program The seminar will be held in English. Session 1: Wednesday, 15th May 2013 15.00 15.30 Registration and Coffee Chair 16.00 16.10 16.10 16.30 16.30 17.00 17.00 17:20 Ali Hussein Yusuf, the chairman of Somali Peace and Development Organisation in Finland. Welcoming remarks on behalf of the organizers, Ali Abdirahman, Espoo City councillor. Finland Opening remarks, Helena Vrri, Director of community education and culture unit, city of Espoo, Finland "Brief history of Somali Youth league, Abdulkadir Ali Boley, a Somali elder and a founding member of Somali Youth League. Political and economic empowerment of youth in Somalia. Abdulkadir Mohamed Dhicisow, former minister of energy in Somalia and the current director of international relations of Horn of Africa University in Mogadishu. The causes and effects of marginalisation among the immigrant youth population in Finland, Suvi piironen, Social worker. Espoo-Finland Coffee/Tea break. Integration policy in Finland, opportunities and challenges for Somali youth, Dr. Mulki Mols, Somali peace and development organisation in Finland.

17.20 17.40 17.40 18:00 18.00 18.20

Somali Peace and Development Organisation in Finland

International Somali Youth Day


18.20 18.30 the role of arts and literature in strengthening Somali cultural and traditional values. Abdiaziz Ali Ibrahim (Xildhibaan) Author and political analyst, London, UK Young Finnish-Somali professionals as bridge builders and a resource for development in Somalia -Ms Saido Mohamed, expert at Finnish league for human rights and Executive Director of Finnish Somalia Network. The educational system of Finland vs immigrant youth, Eveliina, Berriah, a school teacher in Helsinki. the political history of Somalia, youth as key players, Somali academic and a veteran civil servant, Abdisalam Haji Mohamed. Edmonton, Canada Media as a tool for promoting peace & development in Somalia, Abdi Musse, freelance journalist. Youth & Pan-Africanism in Todays Africa Brief Reflection. Walter Fondo, Executive Director of PACUNET and Chairman of ACSF in Finland. Open Discussions, questions and answers session with Somali officials and academics Recommendations from Somali dignitaries and closing remarks

18.30 18.40

18.40 18.50 18.50 19.00 19:00 19:10 19:1019:20 19.20 19.50 19.50 20.00

Contact persons: Espoo, Finland Ali Abdirahman, Espoo councillor Tel: +358408249286 E-mail: jiimi31@hotmail.com

Helsinki, Finland Ali Hussein, chairman of SOPDO Ry Tel. +358458522877 E-Mail: husseinladane@hotmail.com