Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), a non-governmental organisation, has launched its 11th edition of African Youth and Governance Convergence (AYGC), at the La Palm Beach Hotel
The AYGC initiative started in 2009, and has served as an important platform for leadership programme in grooming young African and diaspora youth with focus on cascade of mentorship, community impact and networking & exchanges.
Launched under the theme: “Partnerships for Youth Development; Key to Building a Continent Beyond Aid,” AYGC will be held in Ghana concurrently with the Diaspora Homecoming Summit 2019, which will serve as a tool in bridging the missing link and addressing identified challenges of diaspora AYGC Alumni in line with the president’s declaration of “The Year of Return.”
The Executive Director of YBF, Seth Oteng, indicated that the AYGC over the years had held discussion and made recommendations bordering on youth empowerment, which when implemented, would shape the development of youth.
“YBF in collaboration with Youth Bridge Research Institute (YBRI), a subsidiary of the foundation, has revised the focus of the platform from serving merely as youth governance conference to a more institutionalised platform of convergence for young people and their mentors after every year of mentorship to share experiences,” he said.
Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, in a speech delivered on his behalf by CEO of National Youth Authority, acknowledged the need for young African’s to make sacrifices in the interest of the continent by dedication to service, building courage to uplift the image of Africa at all times and to make the needed sacrifices for our common prosperity.
“Achieving an Africa Beyond Aid should not be limited to governments alone; key stakeholders such as young people here have roles to play by complimenting governments’ efforts, projecting the works of government and remaining vigilant at all times against dangers posed by those who will like to undermine our peaceful coexistence.
“The Ghana Statistical Services (GSS) estimates that about 16 million of Ghana’s population currently is below 35 years, which constitute about two-thirds of Ghana’s population and represents the majority cohort of the Youth bracket.
“The African continent in general, is abound with not only natural resources, but also rich human resources reflected in its teeming young population,” he said.
Mr Asiamah, also stated that President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo says, the time has come for people of African descent to make the journey back home.
“Ghana is offering African-Americans and Caribbean, the opportunity to return and have the right of abode in their home country and contribute their piece to its development,” he emphasized.
This year’s convergence would assemble youth from at least 20 African Countries, 40 Diaspora youth and mentors from August 11 to 18