UN Secretary General’s youth envoy inspires Ghana’s youth

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The United Nation’s Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake Wednesday paid a day’sofficial visit to Ghana as part of her five-country visit to Africa.

The visit afforded her to meet with youngGhanaian people and champion investments in youth development.

As part of the trip, the youth envoyvisited Agbobloshie, a popular market in the national capital where sheinteracted with market women and a group of young female adolescent headporters known locally as ‘Kayayei’.

These young girls, who mostly migratedfrom the northern part of Ghana, carry the loads of shoppers in buckets orbaskets balanced on their heads for a fee.

Here at the market, the United NationsPopulation Fund (UNFPA) and other partners have embarked on a project toempower the head porters economically and also educate them on their sexuality.

Rebecca Issahaku, an ex-female head porter, their enrolment on the livelihood development programhas empowered the young girls economically.

“Today some Kayayei have acquired life skillsand development skills and are no more carrying loads. Some of us have beenable to mobilize funds through the sales of our products to go back to schoolincluding the university,” she said.

Jayathma stressed the importance ofeducation to human life and was encouraged that most of the young girls wereback to further their education.

“Thereis nothing like the power of education. I am here probably because I benefitedfrom free education in my country and education is the only thing that made meto come to this position and to meet all of you,’ she said.

“You are very brave; you stand up foryour rights and what you believe in and it is something that inspires me and Iam being pleased by you.”

Earlier, the Youth Envoy paid a courtesycall on Ghana’s Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Asiamah who stressed theneed for Africa to harness the
population boom on the continent for nationaldevelopment.

The envoy raised awarenesson the importance of investing in youth development to advance a moresustainable and peaceful future. Enditem

Source: Alex Osei-Boateng

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