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Ghana: Youth for Ghana Programme Launched in Accra

Sept. 22, 2016, 9:10 a.m.

A set of activities that will allow the voices of Ghanaian children and the youth to inform the on-going consultative processes towards the development of a Long-Term National Development Plan (LTNDP) for the country has been launched in Accra.

These activities are the observation of the 'Dream Ghana Week' which aims to raise awareness among the youth of their vital role in shaping their own future in their communities and the country as a whole; a National Essay/Drawing Competition; a series of National Debates; and a National Youth Forum.

The objective of the programme dubbed: 'Youth of Ghana-- The Future We Want to Build for Ourselves' is to involve the youth and children through set of mechanisms to express their aspirations and vision towards national development aspirations and the roles they can play to lead Ghana to the desired state.

The programme, directed at children and the youth (aged 5-35 years) in basic, secondary and tertiary institutions across the country as well as their out-of-school counterparts, provides the platform to afford the children and youth an adequate role to effectively participate in the development process and ensure that their aspirations and desires are heard, documented and used to inform the development processes of Ghana's LTNDP.

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) is leading the initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Education Service (GES), National Youth Authority (NYA) and Curious Minds, a Non-Governmental Organization.