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STATEMENT BY THE YOUTH WING OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS ON THE OCASSION OF THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION

STATEMENT BY THE YOUTH WING OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS ON THE OCASSION OF THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION

STATEMENT BY THE YOUTH WING OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS ON THE OCASSION OF THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION

On the ocassion of the 2019 celebration of the International Youth Day, the National Democratic Congress joins thousands of well wishers around the world in recognizing the role young people play in our daily lives and the prospect they hold for the future of the world. Since 1999, this day has served as a day to remind us of the role young men and women can play in society as well as challenges facing young people across the world.

The International Youth Day, a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate young people and put the spotlight on the myriad of issues affecting them has become a significant tradition that helped shaped the discourse of young peoples’ place in the world. This year’s celebration, under the theme “Transforming Education” seeks to look at making education more inclusive and accessible for every young person which coincidentally is in line with Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

It is important to note that this Clarion call for transforming education must be enforced with the needs and aspirations of young people in mind. The contributions of our younger folk must be hearken unto; they themselves must be allowed to play pivotal roles in achieving this agenda. As young people, we do not need hand-outs or wish to be treated as novices, we should be trusted to lead efforts especially in initiatives that will affect us.

The Youth Wing of the NDC believes this theme could not have come at a proper time. The National Democratic Congress recognizes Education as a tool for development and must be placed at the forefront of basic needs for the youth. It is our belief that all young people must have access to quality education without any difficulty due to access or lack of infrastructure.

In good conscience, we cannot celebrate this day without mentioning the state of education in the country. By now, it will not come as a surprise to many Ghanaians that our education sector is at its lowest ebbs in recent times. The current administration has done little or nothing at all to address the plethora of challenges facing education in the country. Government has never missed the chance to highlight education as a core part of its agenda but has limited its actions to just words.

– Challenges with Free SHS left unresolved; the initiative looks more like a drop out system
– Lack of infrastructure at our various institutions
– Non payment of bursaries to graduate students
– Inconsistencies with our curriculum

These are a few of the challenges this current administration has failed to resolve but is on the spree for unpopular policies like the vexatious Public Universities Bill. By all means, if government is concerned about the Ghanaian Youth, they will work to rectify the situation, after all, this was not the sorry state they came to meet our education sector.

President John Dramani Mahama in line with his transformative agenda made education a top most priority during his tenure of office, allocating about a third of the budget to the sector, which saw massive improvement and development of our education sector.

During the NDC administration, about;

– 200 community day schools were earmarked for development; 50 were completed with another 73 at various stages of construction. The agenda was to make quality education accessible to all young people.
– 10,000 sandals were given out to students
– abolition of the shift system which this administration has introduced in senior high schools.
– six (6) million textbooks and fifteen (15) million exercise books were given out
– half a million school uniforms distributed freely to all pupils.

On this special day, we appeal to government to walk the talk and mitigate the challenges facing education in the country. There is no honour in twisting the facts to suit a political narrative that is detrimental to the progress of young people.

To the young people of Ghana, we assure you that we have your best interest at heart and will do everything possible to hold this government accountable by ensuring it makes education a priority by any means possible.

God bless all young people!
God bless Ghana!!

George Opare Addo,
National Youth Organizer,
National Democratic Congress.

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