A five-day Youth Data Analysis and Presentation Workshop has been held in the Central regional capital, Cape Coast. The workshop, organised by Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana), brought together YES-Ghana-trained young researchers who had implemented various community-based activities and collected data from other young people in their respective communities. The workshop was also attended by some young leaders selected from YES-Ghana’s Young Leaders’ Forum, 2016, organised earlier in July, 2016.
The workshop forms part of the development of the People’s National Youth Policy (PNYP). The document is expected to be the embodiment the policy expectations and recommendations of young people of Ghana on key thematic areas with the potential of ensuring participatory and efficient youth development in Ghana.
The workshop saw young researchers presenting data, experiences and challenges from their community-based activities. Participants also analysed and collated data collected from their respective action research activities. The inputs were organised under thirteen thematic areas. These include Education, Training and Skills Development, Mentally and Physically Challenged Youth, Leisure, Recreation, Sportive and Cultural Activities, Youth, Media And ICT, Girls and Young Women, Youth and Conflict Prevention and Education, Training and Skills Development.
Discussions also centred on identifying a national youth policy fit for purpose, taking into consideration the concept, rationale, benefits and the formulation process involved in developing a befitting National Youth Policy, its expected contents, the implementation of means of measuring the effectiveness of the Policy’s implementation. The event also saw a review of the current Ghana National Youth Policy, as well as youth policies from around the world for best practices to be considered in the formulation of the final policy document.
The development of the People’s National Youth Policy is supported by the Commonwealth Foundation.