The National Youth Authority (NYA), has stressed the need for the country to step up its investment portfolio on youth literacy programmes.
This is because global trends and the modern development indicators support the fact that any country aiming to achieve accelerated development needs a knowledge-based youth.
Chief Executive of the NYA, Emmanuel Asigri said the youth who attain considerable level of education are more likely to contribute meaningfully to nation building than their uneducated counterparts.
Mr. Asigri made the point at this year’s International Youth Day celebration at Tanoso near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. He said it is for this and other reasons, that the government’s Free Senior High School programme must be given priority attention.
In line with the day, the Ashanti Regional ‘Youth Parliament’ staged a performance to articulate the indispensable role of the younger generation in realising the nation’s educational goals.
Mr Asigri noted that none of the remaining 15 out of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved to the neglect of SDGs 3 and 4, which aims at ensuring good health, wellbeing and quality education for all.
Explaining the rationale behind the ‘Youth Parliament’, the Ashanti Regional Director of NYA, George Amponsah, said it is to serve as a platform for the youth to discuss issues militating against their development.
MP for Kwadaso, Dr.Samiu Kwadwo Nuamah, urged the youth to take interest in Parliamentary affairs and its role in national development.