FOSDA Youth Deliberate on Political Party Manifestoes

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FOSDA held a day’s forum for the youth to critically analyse youth development policies of the three main political parties in the country ahead of the December polls.

FOSDA, in collaboration with its Ghana Youth Development Enhancement Project (GYDEP) Coalition,brought together youth leaders to synchronise the youth employment aspects in the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention People’s Party (PPP) manifestoes into one vision or blueprint towards improving youth employment in Ghana in the next four years.

Mrs Theodora Anti, the Programmes Coordinator, FOSDA said the forum hoped to harmonise all the youth development initiatives of the three political parties into one document for policy makers.

She called on government not to politicize youth policies, and come out with real solutions that are genuine and tailored to empowering the youth.

She said the final document would deal with depoliticizing political aspects to the youth policies and bring together all the feasible youth policies from the CPP, NDC, and NPP manifestos and present them to the president elect.

“We would brainstorm and come out with  a comprehensive document upon selecting the realistic components that can accompany, their already proposed policies, and present to the newly elected government,” she said.

GYDEP, funded by IBIS Ghana, is designed to contribute to the improvement of the youth employment situation in Ghana in view of the stark challenges confronting the sector.

Specifically, GYDEP is focused on advocating for youth policies and their effective implementation to ensure that Government’s effort and resources channelled on youth employment yield the desired result.

Recently the project has focused on ensuring an accessible and inclusive implementation of the Youth Employment Agency.

GYDEP members and associates include the Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID), Youth Employment for Life (YEfL), National Network of Youth Groups in Governance (NNYOGG) and YOUTH ICONS

Others are: The Youth Network for Human Rights and Democracy, Ghana Federation of the Disabled, Political Party Representatives, National Development Planning Commission and the National Union of Ghana Students.

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