A civiC education workshop has been organised for 70 youth at Nandom in the Upper West Region under the theme: Good governance and development — the role of the youth .
Addressing the workshop, the senior programme manager of the KAS, Isaac Owusu-Mensah, called on the youth to take academic work seriously to ensure a better future.
What is being sowed today will be the fruits to be harvested tomorrow. Therefore, you the youth must be disciplined in all spheres to enable you to become responsible leaders in future, he declared.
Mr Owusu-Mensah said that there are challenges that confront the development of the youth which include poverty of parents, drugs and peer pressure.
These problems, he said, however, are global challenges and advised the youth to strife to overcome them.
On governance, Mr Owusu-Mensah said the youth are the organisers of various political rallies, serve as the foot soldiers, and more importantly forms the highest electoral population.
The conduct of these political activities provide very good avenues for conflicts and peace building depending on how it is conducted as well as the level of manipulation by the adult population. There are tendencies that the adult may use them in the direction that suit their political interest.
The youth must be very discerning as the country journeys towards December 2008 election, he maintained.
He indicated that the ability of the youth to contribute to the development process is dependent on their level of education as well as their commitment to their families, community and the country at large.