The National Youth Policy 2022-2023 has indicated that youth, constituting close to 36 percent of the total population of Ghana, require consciously formalised coordinated effort to ensure quality improvement in their lives to enable them contribute meaningfully to development.
The Policy says their participation in all sectors of life can no longer be treated ordinarily but, as a standard of democratic and demographic rights and require a mechanism for ensuring integration.
This Policy released by the Ministry of Youth and Sports says it provides the required framework, comprehensively designed to respond to the need to effectively coordinate implementation of all programmes and activities affecting the youth.
Cognisance of the fact that the youth is the future of the State; meaningful investment must be made by government and other stakeholders for optimum dividend to be attained. The Policy provides strategic avenues and direction for investment.
Article 12 of the African Youth Charter enjoins all Member States to develop a comprehensive and coherent Youth Policy, taking into consideration the interrelatedness of the challenges facing young people across sectors.
“This Policy fulfils the African Youth Charter obligation conferred on Member States. It also addresses protocols, conventions, and other concerns at all levels,” it said.
Purpose of the Policy
The National Youth Policy is intended to provide framework and direction for all stakeholders involved in the implementation of policies, programmes and projects for the development of the youth.
It is also a tool for effective and efficient coordination and utilisation of resources for the optimum benefit of the youth and their contribution to national development.
Thus, it does not only provide ground for mainstreaming, but also, build inter and intraorganisational synergies for the purposes of strengthening young people’s resilience for living in dignity, good health, peace, economic security, among National Youth Policy (2022-2032) others in society that respects and values inter-generational equality and justice.