The Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Youth Authority on 3rd to 5th November 2017 sent a delegation to Malaysia to fully represent and participate in the 1st ever Commonwealth Youth Summit organized by the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in partnership with Commonwealth Secretariat (the parent body) and the Malaysian government. 

The Commonwealth Youth Council who are the organizers of the Youth Summit is the official voice of more than 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth nations. It is the largest and most diverse Youth led organization in the world. 

The Commonwealth Youth council plays an integral role in advancing the youth development agenda and coordination of activities and policies of the Commonwealth in the field of the youth activism. The council works for and represent the voice of all young people within the 52 Commonwealth nations.

The summit was successfully organized under the theme 'An Intergenerational convergence'. The summit largely focused on essential areas like climate change and Finance, Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Peace building and Global Inequality and Social cohesion.

The summit brought together youth leaders across the globe to share experiences, foster learning and as well inspire and expand capacity.

TEAM GHANA met and interacted briefly with His Royal Highness Prince of Wales, Prince Charles who officially launched the ceremony on the campus of Nottingham University on the first day of the summit.

The Leadership of the Commonwealth Youth Council is highly pleased with the input and participation of TEAM GHANA. 

A comprehensive report in due course shall be submitted to the Ministry of Youth and sports as well as the National Youth Authority.

Delegates from Ghana wish to express their profound gratitude to the Ministry of youth and sports headed by Hon Isaac Asiamah and also the National Youth Authority headed by Hon Emmanuel Asigri for making it possible for Ghana to be represented at the first ever Commonwealth Youth Summit.

Delegates from Ghana included the Deputy Executive Director of NSS, Henry Nana Boakye (leader), Bernard Oduro Takyi (Commonwealth Youth Council Cordinator, West Africa), Rebecca Acquah (NYA), Abena Dugan (All African Students UNION-AASU ), Farida A. Iddriss (NYA), Esther Tetteh( NYA), Ato Nunoo and Diana




Source: Josephine Acheampomaa/Peacefmonline accessed 7/11/2017

The National Youth Authority has warned youth-inclined NGOs to treat with contempt, an advertisement calling on them to register with a group calling itself the Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES).

The Authority says YES has no authorization to collect data of youth groups on behalf of the Republic of Ghana.

A Daily Graphic publication on Monday November 6,2017 on page 30 asked all student and youth groups and associations to register online with YES.

The aim, the group says, is to join ongoing advocacy for youth-inclusive policy for Ghana.

The NYA has however warned that dealing with YES comes with its own risk as it is in no way placed to compile a so-called Ghana Youth Directory.

To do so could invite the repercussions stated in National Youth Authority Act 2016 Section 25 which deals with Registration of Youth Organizations and Section 26 which enumerates offences and penalties.

It explained that the NYA is mandated under Act 939 to take steps to rally youth groups for the purpose of creating an active community of youth workers.

To this end, the NYA said it has data on recognized youth groups and urged others to feel no inhibition in contacting the NYA to register to enjoy the benefits of cooperation.

Youth groups should beware of mushrooming organisations purportedly acting on behalf of the state and in cooperation with statutory bodies like the NYA, the CEO Emmanuel Asigri has said.

He made a special appeal to international organisations to contact Ghana’s embassies and High Commissions for recognized youth organisations and the National Youth Authority.

The NYA said it has become aware of youth groups impersonating statutory organisations to fraudulent purposes and financial gain.

The NYA, he said, is also open to ideas in a form of proposals on helping achieve mutually beneficial objectives of empowering the youth.



Source: Ghana|NYA |Contact: 0302 221246

Date: 06-11-2017 Time: 04:11:46:pm

 The African Youth Day, which seeks to promote the recognition of the youth as the main agents for social change and economic growth in every aspect of African society, has been commemorated in the Eastern Region.

The occasion brought together youth groups and clubs across the region to interact with each other and share knowledge on how to make an impact on society.

The event, organized by the National Youth Authority (NYA), took place on the theme: "Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in the Youth".

In an address, Hon. Joseph Tetteh, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, noted that the programmes and policies of the government such as the Free Senior High School, One-District One-Factory and Planting for Food and Jobs were youth-centered and meant to reduce unemployment in the country.

Hon. Tetteh, therefore, urged the youth to take advantage of the programmes to improve on their living conditions and that of their families.

He also appealed to the youth to respect the rules and regulations of the country and be dedicated, committed and patriotic.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NYA, Mr. Bright Acheampong, in his remarks, urged the youth to focus on entrepreneurship and skills training, adding that it was not enough to study but to be able to secure employment and employ others.

"My message to you is that, do not invade the pitch but study the game and think outside the box," he stressed.

Hon. Comfort Asante, Municipal Chief Executive of the New Juaben Assembly, in a statement read on her behalf, stressed the need for effective youth engagement to make the youth equal partners in the development of society.

Hon. Asante indicated that the youth constitute the largest segment of the population and urged the District Assemblies, through the NYA, to re-strategize to make the youth self-reliant in the country while calling on the youth as future leaders to make themselves useful and be open to change.

The Eastern Regional Director of NYA, Mr Samuel Afari Agyiri, disclosed that NYA had formed a youth brigade to work and fix broken-down desks and tables in the schools at the Assemblies for a token.

Mr Agyiri, said a Youth Sanitation Day would be launched to institutionalize the voluntary cleaning-up of the environment on the first Saturday of every month.

Source: ISD (Evelyn Harvey) accessed 3rd November 2017

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