Ghana Youth Volunteers Network launched

Accra- An Alumni volunteerism group christened Ghana Youth Volunteers Network (GYVN) was on Monday launched with a call on the youth to engage actively in volunteerism programmes.

The programme was on the theme Promoting Citizenship Participation in Ghana’s Development: Youth as Active Citizens.

Madam Avril Kudji, the Country Director, Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO), at programme launch in Accra, expressed concerned about the increasing rate of youth involvement in social vices such as violent conflicts and drug and substance abuse due to the lack of quality, available and accessible information on opportunities for them.

She said VSO’s work focused on programmes involving national, international, long-term specialist and community youth volunteers working in a broad range of activities around livelihoods, education work and health.

She stressed that central to the work in these programmes have been the use of approaches that integrate social accountability, social inclusion and gender, and resilience to identify the most marginalised population for timely intervention.

Madam Kudji noted that since 2015 VSO had been implementing a youth engagement model under the International Citizens Service programme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) aimed at empowering them to be productive in society.

She mentioned one of the pillars as promoting youth volunteering as a way of reconnecting and igniting the interest of the youth, promoting skills acquisition and inculcating in the youth the spirit of active citizenship to solve issues in the communities.

So far about 200 youth between the ages of 16-25 have benefited from the DFID programme and was optimistic that the Alumni would carry their chosen mandate of championing the interest of the youth especially in areas of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), she added.

Mr Staniel Tetteh, President of GYVN, said the aim of the network was to discuss development issues in various communities and volunteer through active citizens to address the issues.

He said the Network had engaged students of Ada Senior High School to sensitise them on the SDGs and called on the youth to embrace the spirit of volunteerism to facilitate development.

Ms Vivian Addae, a member of the Network called on government to promulgate the legislation on the decriminalization of drug abuse by the youth and consider rehabilitation as an alternative health solution and established at least a rehabilitation health centre in every region.

Source: Ghana News Agency


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