The International Youth Day 2019 was commemorated by youth groups and other institutions at the GB Auditorium, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), in Accra, Ghana.
The event was a live transmitted show produced by YALI Television with support from the YALI Alumni Association of Ghana and the GIMPA Student Representative Council with collaborations from notable Youth Networks in Ghana and West Africa.
The 12th of August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999 and serves as an annual celebration of the role of youth as essential partners in global economic development and an opportunity to dialogue on the challenges young people face around the world.
This year’s celebration was under the theme, “Transforming Education” – education more inclusive and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves. This theme is embedded in the UN’s Global Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In the opening address, the General Manager of YALI TV, Stephen Selasie Asuo commended all guests, attendees and partnering organizations for devoting time and resources towards the event. He also stated that YALI TV is expecting to see YALI and other youth networks partnering with the Ministry of Education (GES) and Ministry of Youth and Sports (National Youth Authority) to run educational support programs; adopting SDG 4 as a key target in all initiatives.
The event commenced with a mini-side event exhibition by 6 young entrepreneurs who were selected from the youth groups namely Sussana Nyante, Vivian Quayson, Grace Achia, Mara Foods, and among others. The show had a two panel discussions. The first panel focused on the topic, the role of policy technocrats, aid agencies and the academia in the transformation of education which featured Mrs. Betty Boah, Greater Accra Regional Science Coordinator, STMIE/ GES), Saddik A. Mohammed (Science and Maths Coordinator, GES Weija Directorate), Miss Rita Oppong (2016 National Best Teacher) and Edmund Akpor Mensah (Head of Research and Grants, BlueCrest University College). While the second panel was on the topic, SDG4 – A Benchmark for Transformational Interventions by Youth Groups and Networks in Africa featured Asana S. Mahama (President, YALI RLC Alumni Association of Ghana), Dr. Hilda Boye (President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Association of Ghana), Priscilla A. Oware (President, Junior Chamber International Ghana), Deborah Oduro (President, DUSAF), Benjamin Ansah (President of GIMPA SRC). They were ably supported by UN Youth Ghana, IFED Global, Impact Agenda Network, AYUC Ghana, Young African Leaders Network, UN Youth Ghana, Brighter Investment, Arts Empire and Art Tricks. And they used the opportunity to enumerated a number educational initiatives being implemented across the country.
Also in attendance were students of Frafraha Senior High School, Methodist Senior High School, and GIMPA coupled with delegates from JCI Nigeria. Some interim management members of YALI TV, Josephine Offei, Anna Nanor, Belinda Naakuor, Lawyer Joseph Bae Owusu and Eric Nartey were also present to provide various coordination efforts for the event.
The programme also had live audience/ online viewers from across Africa. In the concluding part of the event, participants and guests interacted with each other to discuss possible partnerships and had official group pictures.