The Ghana Youth Development Enhancement Project (GYDEP) works extensively in building the capacity of the youth to advocate for inclusion in decisions that directly impact them, such as employment, skills development and in recent time education. It is envisaged that the voices of young people in some of these sectors that largely affect can bring about the positive transformation that will inure both to the benefit and development of the youth and of the nation as a whole.
Young people are the primary beneficiaries of the many government education, skills development, and employment initiatives. The direct impact of these programmes and activities on the lives and future of the youth and the nation as a whole goes without saying. However, activism among the youth around some of the issues that concern them are minimal, chiefly owing to a divided and a disconcerted front among youth and youth groups as well as a lack of a clear plan to lead the process.
GYDEP is an extension of the youth in governance project which facilitated the formation of youth group.
Advocacy Planning Workshop
Group Photo of participants at an Advocacy planning workshop in Kumasi
It It is even more important that they have the capacity and skill to engage given the opportunity. In 2018, youth groups and networks that FOSDA works with identified the need for their voices to be heard in the education sector. They however lack of knowledge of the sector and capacity to create clear vision of what they want to achieve in the sector is a challenge.
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Youth Accountability Forums
Young people are the primary beneficiaries of the education sector and systems put in place for its efficiency. The direct impact of the education sector on the lives and future of the youth and the nation as a whole, goes without saying. For instance, Just in the 1st quarter of the 2019, Government introduced a new curricular for basic schools and also changed Uniforms for the Junior High School.School.These changes brought mixed reaction from the public and the question most people asked was how much consultations went into these decisions and policies. We the views of young people sort at all?
It is therefore justified that young people are given the opportunity and space to contribute in decisions in the sector.
Participants at the National Youth Dialogue
LEADERSHIP AND GENDER ANALYSIS TRAINING WORKSHOP
This is a training program designed to train youth leaders in the various regions to help enhance their leadership skills within the various youth group across the selected regions in Ghana
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