The National Youth Authority (NYA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) in conjunction with the UNFPA joined the global community to celebrate the International Youth Day at Akuapem-Mampong.

The program is dedicated to honor the importance of the Youth in national development and peace building with this year’s theme dubbed “the role of the Youth in contributing to quality education in Ghana.“

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia addressing the gathering stated that the platform which seeks to dialogue on achieving quality education in Ghana rightly fits into government’s efforts’ at achieving global development agenda which intends to make education more accessible to all Ghanaian Youth irrespective of their socio-economic condition.

Dr. Bawumia noted that government sees the program as a holistic and co-ordinative approach towards bridging the existing gap in the education system ensuring equitable quality education and promoting life long opportunities for all as stated in the SDGs.

According to him human capital is a massive factor that reinforces technological change in any economy adding that the President Nana Addo is focused on the educational sector as the way of developing and building the future of the country.

Dr. Bawumia said his government under the visionary leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated through the introduction and implementation of innovative policies steered at transforming the education system adding that government’s investment in building the educational sector will bear great fruits in the future.

The Vice President said the Nana-Addo led administration has embarked on a digitization program which is being driven by the Youth towards changing the economy.

He advised Young people to vanquish the thoughts of impossibilities and underestimation of their own abilities as government is committed to providing the necessary infrastructures.

The Vice President Bawumia commended the National Youth Authority for its immense contributions in the pursuit of the mandates and aspirations of the government in developing the Youth as it pursues the vision of “Ghana Beyond Aid”.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah called on the National Youth Authority (NYA) to reflect over this year’s theme and adopt an organizational philosophy and operational methodology that radiates the interests, passions, beliefs, values and life skills that young people need to be successful in life.

Hon. Asiamah announced that work is at the stage of completion at the various Youth and Sports Centers of Excellence in ten regions across the country adding that project will help unearth and develop the youth.

The UNFPA representative reiterated the importance of investing in human capital and stressed on the need to engage young people at any given opportunity to enable them participate in the development of their countries.