In Ghana, young people make up roughly 26 per cent of the total population, however, despite economic growth since 2001, the country has seen a decline in opportunities for urban employment. Many
The Head of State Award Scheme – Ghana
The Award was introduced in Ghana in 1967. Since its introduction, successive Heads of State have acted as Chief Patrons and more than 180,000 young Ghanaians have participated in the Award. It has challenged and equipped many more with the skills and experiences they need as individuals to succeed in life, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life. The ambition of the Award in Ghana is to grow its participation rate from 0.1% to 2% of Ghana’s youth population by 2020.
The Award was introduced in Ghana by Peter Hookray, a British VSO who visited Ghana as a volunteer. H.E. Edward Akuffo Addo presented the first Gold Awards to 4 Gold Awardees in 1971. Over 500 adult volunteers and leaders deliver the Award to young people.
In 2016, 35,202 young people started the programme and 23,589 awards were gained that year.
Gold Award holder Emmanuel Odoi Laryea from Ghana used skills and values adopted through the Award programme to engage young people in his town in productive activities, and subsequently secured ... read more
18-year-old Ryan Hreljac was just 6 years old when he first learned of the devastating effects a lack of clean drinking water can have on a community. Reflecting on the ease of his own access to ... read more
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