Changing mindset will boost job opportunities – Actionaid Ghana and Activista forum participants


Participants at a stakeholder forum organized by Activista – a youth group and Actionaid Ghana say high youth unemployment could be reduced if there is a change in the mindset of young people and the community. society as a whole.

Most young people think that learning a trade is for the uneducated, while white-colored jobs are for the educated.

But participants insist that formal education could be an added advantage for graduates who decide to learn how to become a craftsman and be self-employed instead of seeking a non-existent white job.

Princella Dzidzor Quarshie, National Youth Authority, Bono Region

Princella Dzidzor Quarshie, who works with the National Youth Authority in Bono region, said: “We have to break away from the mindset that when you go to school you can’t have qualified training”.

She urged graduates not to feel inferior in their attempt to learn an additional skill to be self-reliant rather than waiting for a job opportunity in the formal sector.

“Education is a lifelong affair. Be a student of life and understand that there are times when you would need to have certain skills even as an educated person to complete your certificate,” Ms. Dzidzor Quarshie said.

A member of the Youth Climate Council-Ghana, Ama Acheamponmaa Aseidu, also said that it is worrying that all primary school students want white-colored jobs because of the respect society has for people working in the climate. formal sector.

Changing mindset will boost job opportunities - Actionaid Ghana and Activista forum participants
Ama Acheamponmaa Aseidu, Youth Climate Council, member from Ghana

“We should change our social orientation and institute it in children from the basic level so that they know that if you are a craftsman you can also be successful and create more job opportunities for others, like some from those in the formal sector,” she says.

They spoke at a stakeholder forum to mark International Youth Day in Sunyani on youth unemployment in Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions and offered strategies to address the situation.

The forum, organized by the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regional chapter of Activista Ghana, in partnership with ActionAid, on the theme: “Building intergenerational solidarity: the role of entrepreneurial skills development”.

ActionAid’s Acting Bono Regional Program Director, Kwame Afram Denkyira, observed that Ghana’s youth unemployment of 12% and underemployment of over 50% should be of concern to all stakeholders.

Changing mindsets will boost job opportunities - Actionaid Ghana and Activista forum participants
Kwame Afram Denkyira, Bono Acting Regional Program Manager, ActionAid

He said the situation could get worse if employment opportunities remain limited, hence the need for stakeholders to find sustainable ways of employment for young people.

Mr. Denkyira further explained that Actionaid has over the past 6 years trained thousands of young people in various projects including bead making, tiling, soap making, pastries, sandals , poultry, mushroom, grass trimmer, vegetable and auto mechanics, and equipped to provide them with start-up tools and materials to start their small business.

“All national development actors can work together to tackle this canker to move the nation forward, and this reinforces their quest to work with various youth groups and the National Youth Authority,” he said. .

Changing mindsets will boost job opportunities - Actionaid Ghana and Activista forum participants
Some forum participants

One of the beneficiaries, John Kwame Antwi, a physically disabled person, said he now commands a lot of respect from his family and society as he no longer depends on others for financial support.

The forum ended with Activista’s Bono Regional Organizer, Shadrack Agyei Kwadwo, leading the group to present a 6-point statement to Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu Banahene.

Changing mindsets will boost job opportunities - Actionaid Ghana and Activista forum participants
Presentation of the press release

They recommend that the government and regional coordinating councils focus on job creation in the agribusiness and manufacturing sectors for the youth to reduce youth migration, prioritize job training and livelihood skills and start-up tools for youth, and reorient and focus TVET. system to better meet the needs of the industry.

Changing mindsets will boost job opportunities - Actionaid Ghana and Activista forum participants

The communiqué also called on the government to support SMEs, especially those involving women, to improve their access to credit and to promote women entrepreneurs, to improve infrastructure and equipment for people with disabilities and to ensure synergy and coordination of government programs to target disadvantaged citizens.

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