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Charles B.P. Lahai


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Charles Lahai

Africa Regional Director – Charles Bartholomew Peter Lahai

Co-founder of Peace Africa Alliance Consulting, Educating & Training Centre (PAACET). His position within PAACET is to establish and manage the operations in Sierra Leone and other African countries. In addition, he is responsible for fundraising, financial management, project design, implementation and reporting for all program areas.
Charles acquired his higher education at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone Theological College, University of Ghana (Legon), American University in Washington and the European University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies in Austria, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict studies. Charles has taken the role as Africa Regional Director for Peace Africa Alliance Consulting, Educating and Training Center (PAACET), a Canadian based organization.

Charles Lahai is a Sierra Leonean, a Civil Society and Human Rights and development activist with several years of professional experience. He was Executive Director of Society for Learning and Yearning for Equal Opportunities (SLYEO), headquartered in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He started his youth career at school when he assumed the position of President of the Young Christian Students (YCS), while also serving as Head Boy of his school.
In 1995, Charles and other colleagues formed an organization called the Sierra Leone Youth Empowerment Organisation (SLYEO), which later re-branded in 2013 to what it is called today Society for Learning and Yearning for Equal Opportunities (SLYEO). He served as National Youth representative to the Commonwealth Youth Programme Africa Region (CYPAR) for two terms and worked as Executive Secretary for the National Forum for Human Rights (NFHR) for three years. He was Chairman of the Youth Alliance for Peace And Development (YAPAD) - a coalition of over 45 youth organizations and youth serving agencies.

He worked as Executive Coordinator for SLYEO and Village Aid United Kingdom at the time both organizations amalgamated. He was member of the Programme Board of ENCISS representing civil society. He serves on several Boards of Directors for local and international organisations. He was Thematic Lead for Organisational Development in the Civil Society Engagement on Elections and Electoral Processes in Sierra Leone (CSEEP) and was elected as Chair of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) of CSEEP, a civil society elections coordinating body. He is a supportive member of the National Elections Watch (NEW).

He has represented young people at several august occasions in and out of Sierra Leone. He played a central role in the peace process in Sierra Leone, serving in the planning and sub planning committees of the process (The Road To Peace) that led to the signing of the Lome Peace Accord in 1999 and made a submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on behalf of youth. He has participated in several research studies on youth and adolescents and led a participatory research study on
youth and adolescents where he served as chaperon to release the findings of the research and lobby the UN and other policy makers in New York and Washington DC
on the findings of the research (Report titled) “Precious Resources – Adolescents in the Reconstruction of Sierra Leone”.

He received a Commonwealth Youth Programme Award and scholarship to study for a Diploma in Youth In Development Work and has taken several courses in Human Rights, Governance, Democracy and Leadership, Project Development and Management, Management Accounting, and Participatory Planning Monitoring and Evaluation at several august institutions including British Organisation for National Development (BOND) UK, IPAM USL, Premise Africa Kenya, Yale School of Management, American Graduate School of International Management, Fahamu, Article 19 and the World Bank Institute among others.

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