YFM Dialogues with the Youth

Mr Emmanuel Nsobila, Executive Director of HOPE FAITH FOUNDATION, a youth led organization that exit to empower the youth to achieve their highest potentials through programs for capacity building and self-employment, has called for the need for young
people to take active part in decision making in all disciplines to enhance national development.

“Youth should no longer be seen as social miscreants but as key stakeholders who are able to question, engage and make choices. There need to be more inclusive and responsive democratic institutions that gives room for youth participation in decision making
which affects the very core of their lives. There should be a more open, peaceful, inclusive and democratic space, to enable young people feel more confident to contribute to the development of Ghana”

Mr. Nsobila was speaking at Youth forum which forms part of the Voices of Youth project in Bolgatanga

The Voices of Youth Ghana Program is developing a ‘People’s National Youth Policy’ for Ghana, a framework for youth development in Ghana. The People’s National Youth Policy is a document which will contain the views, aspirations, issues and perspectives of the Ghanaian Youth and will form the basis for youth advocacy in the 2016 elections and beyond

The overall theme of the forum was “Improving Youth participation in Public Policy Decision Making”. The Forum gave Participants the platform to give their views, aspirations, issues and perspectives of the Ghanaian Youth that will be captured in the
‘People’s National Youth Policy’. Discussions included practical suggestions on the challenges and policies recommendation for Government and other International Development Partners

The forum provided participants the opportunity to focus on specific areas from their own perspective and recommendation.The main conclusions of the forum will be reflected and incorporated into the ‘People’s National Youth Policy’ to be considered and adopted by the all Political party in Ghana before 2016 election.

Mr. Nsobila called on government to make leadership grooming a matter of national priority, while efforts must be put in place to properly and strategically prepare Young people for national office.

Mr. Mubarak Abubakar also said there is the need for all to change their attitudes toward the youth and called for corporate Ghana to offer leadership development opportunities for young people through job fairs, internship, and vacation placement.

“We must all start preparing young people to be the kind of leaders Ghana required now. Let us all get involved and offer opportunities for young people to lead and guarantee a more orderly disciplined and prosperous future,” he said.

Source: Emmanuel Nsobila

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