Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Dec 2, GNA – The country’s Youth have been advised not to use violence and confrontation in their attempts to get authorities to implement initiatives to address their concerns.
Mr Mumuni Sulemana, Director of Programmes and Operations at the National Youth Authority (NYA), who gave the advice, said being violent and confrontational only portrayed the youth in bad light, which was not helpful to their cause.
He was speaking at a research findings validation workshop on “The situation of gender sensitive youth access to education, training and representation in youth and education decision” organised in Tamale by NORSAAC, a non-governmental organization (NGO).
The event was attended by representatives from youth groups and stakeholders in the education and social welfare sector including; NGOs to validate the findings of the research, which would later be presented to the appropriate authorities for action.
The research, commissioned this year by NORSAAC, amongst others sought “To identify existing opportunities for education and training in the public sector and examine the extent to which young people are accessing education and training opportunities”.
It found among others that, while there were a number of educational and training institutions across the country to create opportunities for the youth, the cost of accessing education and training was a barrier to some of the youth.
It also found that youth representation in decision-making at all levels in the country was poor.
Mr Sulemana urged the youth to engage the right stakeholders in a diplomatic and constructive manner, which he said would portray them as people, who knew what they were about, to help address their concerns.
He assured the youth of the commitment of the NYA to continue to work to address their concerns, urging them to call on it (NYA) with their concerns for solutions.
Mr Wumbei Dokurugu, Youth Coordinator at OXFAM attributed the failure of youth-related initiatives to the failure to involve them during the planning and execution of such initiatives calling for their involvement in issues and decisions that affected them to address such concerns.
Mr Alhassan Mohammed Awal, Executive Director of NORSAAC called on policy-makers to ensure that youth policies were inclusive to create sustainable opportunities for young people.