EU advocates for Ghanaian youth inclusion in decision-making

The purpose of the engagement was to provide the EU and other stakeholders a chance to hear about the difficulties that young people in Ghana face

The head of section governance and security of the European Union delegation to Ghana, Anna Lixi, has reiterated the need for youth inclusion and empowerment in policymaking processes.

She said this will help promote socio-economic development and assist communities with limited resources and investment in Ghana.

The European Union Ghana, in collaboration with the Youth Leadership Parliament, organised a youth engagement initiative forum for young group leaders throughout the country to equip them with the necessary skills to facilitate decision-making and policy-making processes.

Speaking at the fourth conference of the Youth Engagement Initiative forum, Lixi recognised the potential of the youth in bringing about positive changes.

“This engagement with the youth is part of the broader strategy of engagement of the European Union with the youth in Ghana, because we believe that not only the youth are the leaders of the future, but we believe that the youth should get more involved in the decision-making process and in the policy-making process of their own country,” she said.

For his part, the country director for the Youth Leadership Parliament, Prince Ossei, highlighted the need for accessing platforms for youth discussion to promote inclusion in policymaking.

“We want to engage the youth of Ghana to connect them and to also make sure that we empower them to be part of the decision-making processes of formulating policies and implementing them. Because we believe that democracy has taken a new turn and we need to engage the youth more,” Ossei said.

Youth development expert Emmanuel Odonkor said that the purpose of the engagement was to provide the EU and other stakeholders a chance to hear about the difficulties that young people in the country face.

“We divided the country into three sectors: the northern, middle and the southern sector. And then we met with representatives from each region, and now we are wrapping up the national event in Accra. So, the idea is to promote youth engagement and listen to the challenges facing young people in the country,” he said.


Reporting by Seeta Semenu in Accra 


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