The Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES), has launched a youth policy proposal with a call for active participation by the youth in the ongoing review of the National Youth Policy, and subsequently, the development of a new one.
The proposal dubbed ‘People’s National Youth Policy’ is a “comprehensive compilation of youth policy options and process guidance for the review of current youth policy and the development of a new one”.
Executive Director of YES, Emmanuel Edudzie, who is also a convener of Voices of Youth Coalition, speaking at a Youth Policy Dialogue organized by YES, said the People’s National Youth Policy is a “contribution of the Coalition towards the review of the existing National Youth Policy.”
He noted that “initiating a broad base, systematic, youth-led process” in the ongoing youth policy review will ensure that the real challenges of the youth are met.”
“The process must be multi-sectoral to ensure that the youth policy outcomes are in tandem with various sectors of the Ghanaian economy, and most importantly, the process for the review of youth policy and the development of a new one must leave no youth behind.”
The 47-page document, which was presented to the Ashanti Regional Director of the National Youth Authority, George Orwell Amponsah, highlights the case for a national youth policy, the state of youth policy and programming in Ghana, the youth policy proposals, and collaborative efforts to achieving expected ends.
Mr. Orwell Amponsah, who was highly impressed with the policy proposal said it was a step in the right direction, adding that “government was keen on youth participation in the review of the National Youth Policy”.
He assured that the document will be handed over to the “team who have already begun the review of the youth policy.”
Over 200 youth met at KNUST to dialogue on some challenges of the youth and ways through which the voices of the youth can be heard by government.
Dr. Edward Brenya, a public policy expert and senior lecturer at the Department of History and Political Studies, KNUST, Ama Duncan, a Mandela Washington Fellow, Founder of the Fabulous Woman Network and Corporate Training Solutions, and Dr. Ronald Adamtey, a governance and public policy expert, as well as a senior lecturer at the Department of Planning, KNUST, who were panelists at the Dialogue, urged the youth to actively partake in decision making, and call on government officials to order irrespective of their party colors.