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New National Youth Policy is introduced by Akufo-Addo to boost youth development

New National Youth Policy is introduced by Akufo-Addo to boost youth development

New National Youth Policy is introduced by Akufo-Addo to boost youth development


The new National Young Policy (NYP), introduced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is anticipated to improve the development of Ghana’s youth over the course of the next ten years.

The new NYP, according to the President, shows that the administration has accepted a widespread paradigm change in how people think about youth policy.

Beyond the policy’s implementation, the President remarked when he introduced it at Anagkazo, Akwapim-Mampong, “the month of August of every year will be devoted to concerns of youth and young advancement.”

“I have decided to declare the month of August every year as the Youth Development Month, where pertinent issues concerning Ghanaian youth, would be brought to the fore for discussions and offer solutions,” the president declared as further evidence of the government’s commitment to the welfare of young people.

President Akufo-Addo emphasized the justification for adopting the new NYP by stating that the government understands that the solutions to the numerous problems that youth must deal with will be developed in partnership with the youth rather than for the young.

Akufo-Addo stated that the impressive number of young people who sit at the table where choices regarding the business of our nation are made is why the government was able to reach this conclusion.

The President continued, “The national youth policy is thus in itself an example of intergenerational solidarity and responds to the admonition of the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Kin Moon, that, when we give young people respectable jobs, political weight, negotiating muscle, and real influence in our world, they will create a brighter future.

The President claims that the NYP was meticulously crafted to reflect the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDGs). As a result, he suggested that it serve as a reference text for all national stakeholders involved in youth development.

“I am pleased to report that this 2022–2032 National Youth Policy gave serious consideration to and embraced all 17 SDGs.

As a result, President Akufo-Addo remarked, “the policy shall serve as the principal reference document for state institutions, the corporate sector, and foreign partners in their efforts to effect development for young people.”

The World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8–12 August 1998) recommended that 12 August be recognized as International Youth Day, and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted this request in its resolution 54/120 in 1999.

The General Assembly’s World Programme of Action for Youth was established in 1995, and the Assembly recommended that public information campaigns be held on support of the day to raise awareness of it (resolution 50/81).

The 12th of August is consequently designated as International Youth Day each year. The UN Inter-Agency Network in Youth Development members and youth organizations frequently offer suggestions when the Focal Point on Youth is choosing a theme for the day.

Additionally, it plans a virtual celebration of the day. The program encourages young people all around the world to plan events to increase awareness of the plight of young people in their nation.

Ghana’s National Youth Authority (NYA) was created by NRDC 241 in 1974. In order to ensure the development of Ghanaian youth as a whole, it is a Statutory Public Organization with the responsibility to coordinate and facilitate youth empowerment programs in Ghana.

The National Youth Council used to be the name of the Authority (NYC). The National Youth Organizing Commission was established in 1981 by administrative decree with the purpose of organizing the Democratic Youth League of Ghana, a large-scale national youth movement (DYLG).

The Commission status was once again given to the Council in 1992, when constitutional governance began.

The Authority’s name was changed to the current National Youth Authority as a result of a statute law revision process conducted under the laws of Ghana (Revised Edition) Act, 1998 (Act 562).

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