An estimated 75% of Africa’s 1.2 billion inhabitants are under the age of 35, with some 453 million Africans aged 15 – 35. This goes without saying that the sustainable development outputs of Africa’s young and youthful population have a significant effect on the continent’s trajectory of experiences, expertise, expectations, and excellence.
Even though the African continent considers the bulging young people as a demographic dividend, Africa’s youth are currently plagued with challenges in education, health, employment, human skills’ development, governance, technology, etc, and are hindered in their contributions toward sustainable development of the continent.
It is in respect of the need to change the existing narrative that the United Nations Youth Association-Ghana (UNYA-GH) joins itself with the African Union Commission and other stakeholders in Ghana to commemorate the Africa Youth Month in the month of November 2022 under the theme “Breaking The Barriers to Meaningful Youth Participation and Inclusion In Advocacy”.
UNYA-GH hopes the month-long stakeholders’ interactions will help mobilise commitments towards the achievement of thematic objectives enshrined within the African Youth Charter adopted in 2006 which recognizes the contributions of youth to develop and admonishes national governments to create conducive platforms for economic, political, social, and cultural benefits of Africa’s youth.
The United Nations Youth Association- Ghana commemorates the youth of Africa and particularly Ghana and will continue to actively advocate, mobilize, dialogue, and promote the call to actions initiatives with key youth development stakeholders including governments, development partners, the private sector, youth groups, entrepreneurs, innovators, civil society on the continent and in the diaspora to challenge the barriers to meaningful youth inclusion, development, engagement, and empowerment.
In fine, UNYA-GH will leverage the Africa Youth Month to call on the youth of Ghana to leverage global citizenship for sustainable development opportunities and innovatively resolve pertinent challenges locally and globally.
Within the month of November 2022, UNYA-GH will also organise two virtual stakeholder engagements focused on education, engagements, entrepreneurship, and employment as part of activities earmarked within Africa Youth Month (AYM).
Long live UNYA-GH!
Long live the Youth of Ghana!!
Long live the Youth of Africa!!!
WH Kobina Adomadzi Longdon
National Youth President
United Nations Youth Association-Ghana (UNYA-GH)