Ghana: Youth urged to challenge status quo.

By Ghanabusinessnews.com

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Rescue Mission International, a youth advocacy NGO, has urged the youth and all youth-led organisations to take up innovative and complementary training programmes to empower the youth to challenge the status quo for better transformation of the education sector.

According to the organisation, this would effectively contribute to the sustainable development of the country, for the benefit of both the current generation and those yet unborn.

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This was contained in a statement issued by Rescue Mission International signed by its Co-founder, Mr Abdul-Raheem Ibrahim Tuzee, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale.

It is in commemoration of this year’s International Youth Day, which is on the theme: “Transforming Education.”

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The International Youth Day, marked on August 12, every year, recognises the role of the youth in national development.

The statement said inclusive and accessible quality education was crucial to achieving sustainable development as it played a vital role in preventing conflicts.

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It, however, added that political instability, labour market challenges and limited space for political and civic participation have led to increasing isolation of youth and youth unemployment in society.

It, therefore, emphasised that “It is time we the youth took our destinies and those of generations unborn into our own hands and stop depending on politicians for opportunities.”

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The statement called for a collective effort from youth-led organisations, individual youths, together with various stakeholders and government, to concretely transform education for sustainable development and for the full inclusion of various social groups.

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Ghana: Platform To Equip Youths With It, Media Skills Launched

By Modernghana.com (Yaw Agyemang)

Youth unemployment and joblessness together constitute a major socio-economic and political problem in Ghana even though Ghana’s growth performance has been quite impressive. With the exception of 2014, when growth fell below 4 per cent, the country’s GDP growth has been remarkably high, ranging between 4.3 per cent and 14 per cent, according to official figures.

And, while unemployment is a challenge among all age groups, its impact is particularly severe among the youth. Young people tend to have higher rates of unemployment and to engage in vulnerable and informal employment.

But this may soon change following the opening of the Africa Institute of Media Studies (AIMS) in Accra recently.

AIMS, a subsidiary of the King Solomon Group, provides a practical-based knowledge acquisition platform in digital media that offers intensive practical courses to Ghanaian youths and others with the use of special techniques, learning practices materials and other specialized state-of-the-art equipment.

The school, which accepts Ghanaian and international students, offers courses in television production, cinematography, digital marketing, post production, film production and motion graphics.

“ AIMS training and expertise is geared towards moulding today’s generation for a competitive digital and global marketplace. Our curriculum has been designed to adequately prepare students who enrol for a dynamic job market. – we bring out the professionalism in you through practicality. Our mission is to train with practical skill in digital media by utilizing ultra-modern equipment equipment and Africa’s top-notch tutors to produce competent individuals for the job market. We offer intensive practical course work with the use of special techniques, learning material , specialized learning center and well equipped media lab,” according to the institution’s website.

Strategically located on Spintex Road, Accra, AIMS campus is a dynamic imaginative studying space, strategically boasting such broad assets a well stocked library, modern digital lab, standard multimedia studio, well-furnished accommodation and large lecture halls.

AIMS’ digital labs are completely outfitted with Laptop and desktop computers and introduced with industry-standard software, including final cut, Protocols, Davinci Adobe Premier, Autodesk suite, Avid Composer and some more.

The Student Multimedia Studio (SMS) provides currently enrolled AIMS students with a wide range of multimedia equipment, software, and support.

While unemployment is a challenge among all age groups, its impact is particularly severe among the youth who also tend to have higher rates of unemployment and to engage in vulnerable and informal employment, according to the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), an Accra-based economic policy think-thank supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation.

According to ACET, young people between the ages of 15 and 35 make up about a third, 33.5% of Ghana’s population. They enter the job market with different levels of education and with limited or no work experience, which tends to impede their chances of securing productive and/or formal sector jobs. The difficulties in securing adequately paid and productive jobs after school tends to increase the vulnerability of young people and can make them susceptible to social vices as well as a source of conflicts and civil disorders.

But management of AIMS says a certificate from the school offers the school’s products a chance to make a difference in their lives life and the lives of people in their immediate communities. “Throughout our history, we have continued to help our student realize their dreams, whilst providing job opportunities for them to fulfil their personal and professional potential. Our lecturers are professionals in their respective fields. They deliver exceptional lectures for deep understanding of the students.”

An intriguing aspect of Ghana’s youth unemployment patterns is that youth unemployment appears higher among the educated than the less educated, said a report by ACET. Unemployment rates are highest among young people aged 29 years and below with bachelor’s degrees. They are lowest among those with no formal education or basic education. Also, the unemployment rate is estimated to be higher among young females than young males in Ghana.

Every human being needs diverse kinds of skills to live a meaningful life. Skills are required both for individuals to live meaningful and successful lives as well as to develop nations. Unfortunately, many people and countries do not place a lot of emphasis on skills acquisition leading to failures in life, mediocrity and underdevelopment.

Ghana: About 1,083 youth employed in Nsawam-Adoagyiri

Over 1,083 youths in the Nsawam- Adoagyiri Municipality have been employed under various government programmes including; Youth in Police, Sanitation, Afforestation and Education.

Over 459 students from the Municipality also benefitted from the government’s free Senior High School policy.

Mr Isaac Kwadwo Buabeng, Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipal Chief Executive said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after a town hall meeting where he addressed about 300 participants.

Participants included; traditional rulers, Assembly members, Unit Committee members and traders organised by Ark Development Organisation, a Non-Governmental Organisation and the Municipal Assembly and sponsored by Star Ghana under the Local Governance Project at Hebron, Ankwa Dobro near Nsawam.

The project is aimed at promoting citizen participation in local governance to promote accountability and revenue mobilisation through workshops and townhall meetings.

Mr Buabeng said, over 500 youth in the municipality had the opportunity through the Planting for Food and Jobs to work on a 182-acre maize farm at Okobeyeyie near Nsawam.

He said some of the yield from the farm would be exported for foreign exchange to support the development of the country.

He said Astek and Farmapine factories would soon be rehabilitated under the One District One Factory policy of the government to promote youth employment in the municipality and the Municipal Assembly also constructed schools at Panpanso, Obregyima, Asikabew and Bowkrom. Others are Ccommunity-based Health Planning Service (CHPS) compounds at Fotobi, Kofisah, Darmang, Ahwerease and introduced the School Feeding Programme in 42 basic schools in the Municipality.

Mr Emmanuel Kwaafo Mintah, the Director of Ark Development Organisation said the NGO was prepared to collaborate with the Municipal Assembly to organise programmes to motivate more people to pay tolls and rates to enable the assembly to mobilise more revenue for development projects.

Source Business Ghana

Ghana: Keep ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ In Nigeria, Don’t Implicate Our Youth — Ghanaian Actress, Haillie Sumney

By Dee Onne

Ghanaian actress, Haillie Sumney has advised Nigerians not to affect her country Ghana with their ongoing debate about internet fraud – also known as ”Yahoo Yahoo”.

Haillie Sumney made this known in reaction to a controversy sparked by singer Naira Marley who urged Nigerians to pray for Yahoo boys.

In her Instagram post, she wrote:

“Biko you ppl keep this your Yahoo Yahoo to yourself in Naija and not corrupt our Ghanaian Youths o.”

Recall that singer, Naira Marley sparked controversy on social media after he urged Nigerians to pray for Yahoo boys.

In a video, he said:

“All you guys, all the money in your pockets, all the money you spend, you think it’s the government that is making the money go round? You better sit down and pray for yahoo boys. If them stop yahoo, the money would not pass you guys”, he said.

Naira Marley concluded by saying that without the internet fraudsters, money will only be circulating in the circle of the elite whose names he mentioned.

“The money will go like this, from Obasanjo to Tinubu, from Tinubu to Mr Japa, you think me I need Yahoo?
I make money from my music.”

Meanwhile, barely 48 hours after Naira Marley received backlash for attempting to use slavery to justify internet fraud, the rapper is set to release a song to glorify the illegal act, known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ in Nigeria.

Source Within Nigeria

Ghanaian wins top ECOWAS youth award

Young Ghanaian Businessman and Country Manager for U-ton Engineering Ghana, Issah Abdulai Afugu has been adjudged the Most Influential Young Person of the year by the Confederation of West African Youth.

Mr. Afugu was awarded the Influential Young Person of the year for his enormous contribution to Ghana’s Fiber Internet space through his work in the industry.

He currently helms the affairs of one of Ghana’s largest Fiber infrastructure company; U-ton Engineering Limited as Country Manager, dealing with over 300 members of the workforce.

He possesses a strong business and leadership record as Country Manager and has a deep understanding of the consumer and business landscape in the African region.

Speaking during the ceremony Mr. Afugu mentioned how delighted he was on attaining the feat and reiterated the need for a consented effort amongst youth across the sub-region to alleviate the struggles and hardships of the people.

The Confederation of West African Youths is an all inclusive leading ECOWAS youth platform representing and safeguarding aspirations of millions of youth across our sub-region.

This year’s edition of the event was held in Sierra Leone.

The organization envisages becoming the single largest youth body representing over 200 million youth across ECOWAS by 2022.

Source Ghana Web

Shatta Wale is a bad influence on the youth – Akablay

There is no doubt that Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale is one of the biggest musicians in Ghana and with a huge fanbase that is completely loyal and will do almost anything he says.

However, Highlife musician, Anthony Akablay, says Shatta Wale is having a negative impact on the youth.

“With his large fan base I don’t expect Shatta Wale to use certain words and engage in indecent acts. I know he has the largest fan base in Ghana at the moment but what impact is he making on them?

The youth are engaged in all sorts of bad activities because they see him as their role model and blindly copy what he does,” he told Showbiz in an interview on Saturday, April 13.

To Akablay, because Shatta Wale has a lot of influence on the youth, he can push them to using their energies and time positively.

“I expect a lot from him as the leader he claims to be because the youths are going wayward and I will blame it largely on him,” he said.

Will he ever do a collaboration with Shatta Wale? Akablay said he does not think so because their because they have different brands.

Away from Shatta Wale, Akablay is not happy with the new crop of musicians because in his opinion they are indisciplined when it comes to the music business.

“Most of these young musicians are so indisciplined which gets me upset. You give them time for a meeting and they come at their own time.

“Others do not even regard their managers because they believe they are more famous than their managers. I have been talking to some of them and I pray they change,” he said.

Talking about profanity in music, Akablay, who is known for songs like Genesis of Life, Edoke, Taking Away, Life in The Pot just to mention a few, said he cannot understand why there so many swear words are being used in our music lately.

“I don’t allow my children to listen to particular songs when I am around. The other time my son asked me the meaning of Kwabena Kwabena’s Tokro Abodwese and I didn’t know what to tell him.

“I called Kwabena Kwabena on the phone and asked him what he meant by that because my son wanted to know and he could not explain,” he said.

According to him, musicians have a powerful tool which they can use to make an impact and it’s about time GH artistes took into consideration their choice of words.

Akablay has travelled around the world and played in different countries such as Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Sweden and Italy.

For his exploits on the guitar, he was adjudged the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Best Instrumentalist in 2009. He won the Best Guitar Player trophy at the 2014 Best Instrumentalists of Africa Festival in Cotonou.

Source Ghana Web