The country representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mr. Barnabas Yisa called on the Honourable Minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, 26th May, 2022 to discuss issues of mutual benefit to the two organisations.
The primary aim of the courtesy call was to introduce himself as the new UNFPA Country Representative who assumed office about 2 weeks ago.
The Hon. Minister and the Chief Director, welcomed the Country Representative to the Ministry. They commended the UNFPA for collaborating with the Ministry as well as its Agency, the National Youth Authority (NYA) on the organization of training programs on Gender based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and abuse among young women across the country.
In response, the Country Representative said UNFPA is happy to be collaborating with the Ministry of Youth and Sports on issues of Youth Development. He assured that UNFPA will continue to partner the Ministry and strengthen its collaboration for youth development.
He informed the Ministry of the UNFPA Youth Fellowship Programme, where 25 young graduates are embedded in the UN System to build their capacity and provide opportunities for professional and career development for the job market. This innovative way of empowering the youth helps to increase their skills and boost their self-confidence, which enables them to gain employment immediately after the program. He said the 3rd Cohort of the Programme would be graduating soon.
The Country Representative emphasized on the importance of empowering and developing young girls in Ghana to help them achieve their full potential, to enable them give back to society.
He again emphasized the fact that, the UNFPA will continue to collaborate with the Ministry on the celebration of the International Youth Day to improve on the impact on the youth of the country. He said Ghana needs to be an example for youth development in Africa.
According to the Hon. Minister, recent census in Ghana indicates that the country has a youthful population as a large portion of the population is comprised of children and young adults who must be put at the center of development to enable them realize their full potentials.
He said the mandate of the Chief Director, himself and the Country Representative is to empower and develop the youth in this country. Therefore there is the need to address concerns and challenges facing the youth to prevent them from rising against the leaders of the Country as has happened in other African Countries.
The Chief Director concluded by thanking the Country Representative for reaching out to the Ministry as the New Representative for the UNFPA. He said he was looking forward to further fruitful collaborations.