The present generation of Ghanaian youth faces many difficult challenges in their development into adults than ever before. In Ghana many youth relay on the government for jobs they never get after their extensive classroom education, thinking is the only way to success forgetting their God giving talent which they can easily develop. But the question is HOW?
Unemployment problem in Ghana rises especially in the rural areas each day persistently that even to get a four square meal becomes difficult, this entices some youth to engage themselves in deviant behaviors such as armed robbery, prostitution, smoking, internet-fraud, and drug abuse for survival and also resulting into the high rate of migration to cities, in and out of countries, giving headache to our leaders. It has been proven over the years that youth development does not solely depend on classroom knowledge but also exposure to handicrafts and creating of own jobs.
However, we as a team wants to inspire the youth by helping them discover their talents, accept to be trained, learn to develop their talent and create their own jobs, earn more wealth from the use of their own hands and be independent in order to be less contingent on the government. This will go a long way to improve the economy standard for not only Avatime youth but that of the country Ghana as a whole.
This unique event is to encourage busy workers, Managing Directors, CEOÃ¢??s, Teachers, Doctors, the youth and the entire country to embrace an active lifestyle, encourage international tourism and create platform for networking and team building and more so, encourage handicraft in the country.
The team is undertaking this particular project because we want to create an opportunity for those that are academically poor, drop outs, disable but talented and others who think they canÃ¢??t make it in life, so as they may not be a burden on the government and the community since they can work to provide shelter for themselves. This is the best project we can undertake in order to keep our youth in the villages busy and for them to make something meaningful for themselves rather than migrating from rural areas to Towns and cities in search of non-existing jobs.
Migration to the Rural-Urban areas has also significantly changed the traditional kinship structure that provided nurturance, safe places and mentors young people need to be socially, emotionally, ethically, physically and academically competent. With the breakdown of the traditional family structure or the inability of the traditional family system to act as the agent for the transmission and renewal of socio-cultural values, it is imperative to design youth development programs and education system, which compensates for the destruction of our traditional youth development systems.
This Project however focuses on shifting the headlines in Ghana from youth problems to youth business development. Additionally, this Project argues that while possession of skills measured by pen and paper tests and ability to solve intellectual puzzles are rewarding, academic skills alone are not enough- acquisition of full range of competencies such as civic, vocational, emotional, cultural, physical, ethical and social competencies are instrumental for our youth to become independent and productive citizens.
AMEDZOFE YOUTH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Youth development has many been defined in many ways depending on the context and the conceptual foundations. However, for the purpose of this project, youth development is observed as conscious efforts to coordinate, develop and support positive activities that promote the social, emotional, physical, cultural, moral and academic well-being of Avatime youth.
AMEDOZFE YOUTH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (AYBDP) is a project that involves the state, communities, families, schools, religious organizations and the private sector in determined efforts to improve the quality of life of our youth. Again, it recognizes that young people cannot improve their quality of life by themselves. However, through institutions of education, media, government and communities, young people can be supported to acquire the values and competencies they need to succeed in life.
The high unemployment rate among our youth and lack of social support system for them continues to put immense pressure on the government to compensate for failures of the economy through direct job creation strategies and other supports, but the magnitude of youth problems are such that they dwarf the resources available to resolve them. For example, the current government seems to be struggling with what to do with the thousands of registered unemployed youth in the country.
Moreover, the idea that economic development would minimize youth problems discounts the fundamental principle of utilitarianism inherent in free market economic model. The basic belief that individuals are the same, independent and free to pursue their economic, political and social happiness outside the influence of the larger society is unequal with Ghanaian culture and values. Ghanaian cultures promote interdependency and differences. For example, we are tied to our extended families, and communities. We support our nephews, nieces, brothers and sisters in schools and old parents and grandparents etc. we define ourselves according to our religious beliefs, political affiliations, language, tribe and geography.
Additionally, our culture of interdependency has established code of conducts that regulates the relationship between adults and young people. For example, there are unwritten rules about the behaviour limits of young people in the community, what constitutes a normative behaviour, roles and expectations of different age groups. Again, the saying Ã¢?? it takes a village to raise a childÃ¢?? suggest that there is a communal responsibility granted to adults to promote the welfare of young people in our society.
The problems facing our youth can only be resolved upon realization of economic and social development. While the magnetism of such a concept is valid and legitimate, it pushes some simple and immediate solutions that can be implemented into the periphery waiting for economic miracle to happen. However, lest no forget, the devil finds work for the idle hands. So letÃ¢??s all come together, join hands and help our young ones from been used by the devil, by supporting and investing into them and keep them busy in other for them to be successful in life.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
? This event is intended to promote Tourism in Avatime.
? Organizing the youth towards a new order of projecting Avatime Image.
? To help the youth to discover and showcase their talents, different from school environments
? It seeks to promote women empowerment and promoting our culture and tourism as a tool for poverty reduction and wealth creation
? To encourage handicraft
? To Reduce unemployment problems in the village
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