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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has asked youth led organizations and governments to transform education and uplift young people everywhere.

This is contained in a statement on the occasion of International Youth Day, which is being marked today.

International Youth Day was instituted by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It is an annual celebration which focuses on the role of young people as essential partners in change. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges confronting the  youth.

This year’s theme “Transforming education” highlights efforts being made to make education more inclusive and accessible to the  youth. There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world, the largest youth population ever.

More than half of the world’s children aged between six and fourteen lack basic reading and maths skills. This described as a global learning crisis, threatens the progress towards achieving the SDGs. Inclusive and accessible education is crucial to achieving sustainable development and a tool for  crime and conflict prevention.

August 12, was instituted as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It is an annual celebration which focuses on the role of young people as essential partners in change.

It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges confronting the  youth. This year’s theme “Transforming education” highlights efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for the  youth.

There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world, the largest youth population ever.

More than half of the world’s children aged between six and fourteen lack basic reading and maths skills.

This described as a global learning crisis, threatens the progress towards achieving the SDGs.

Inclusive and accessible education is crucial to achieving sustainable development and a tool to crime and conflict prevention.

Meanwhile, a Senior Lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), Dr. Ayaga Bawah said Ghana has failed to take advantage of her youthful population to harness it for national development.

He said the country has not provided the youth with the needed education to succeed on their own.

This according to him is the reason for the high numbers in youth unemployment facing the country.

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