Voice of Youth Coalition – Damongo has organized a public debate program between Damongo Youth Parliament and West Gonja Municipal Parliament under the Youth on Board project funded by the Danish Civil Society In Development Fund (CISU)’.
The event which was held on Thursday, 1st February, 2024 between Damongo youth parliament and West Gonja Municipal Parliament on the motion “parents and students are not responsible for the academic failure of students in the Damongo municipality” and under the theme: “Engendering youth voices in Ghana’s Education, Response to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The Voices of Youth Coalition, a youth-led platform for advocacy and action for youth participation in shaping the development agenda in Ghana is making a strong case for young people to be placed at the centre for the national development agenda by political parties.
In his address, Mr. John Lipoima welcomed all and sundry as the vice president of the voice of youth coalition – Damongo, under the Youth On Board Project to the public debate program which was on the motion: ‘Parents and teachers are not responsible for students’ failures in the West Gonja Municipality.
He explained that the Youth On Board Project is a joint initiative of YOTA- Youth Opportunity and Transformation in Africa, a Ghanaian organization and 100% for the Children, a Danish organization with funding from the Danish Civil Society and Development fund to engender youth voices in Ghana’s Education in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
He emphasized that the project seeks to amplify youth voice in Ghana’s education, a response to the impact that Covid-19 has left on education.
He also stated that for the past four years, the percentage pass as a municipality for the West African Examination Council has lingered below 40%, a situation which is of great concern for the youth of the municipality.
According to him, the debate program amongst other activities is geared towards arguing to unearth the primary causes and ways to mitigate the challenges so they can present them to the appropriate offices for necessary actions.
Mr. George Akubga, speaking on behalf of the West Gonja Municipal Director, underscored the importance of youth involvement in nation-building, highlighting their potential to offer innovative ideas and vitality crucial for driving economic and social advancement.
He emphasized the responsibility of young people as future leaders to enhance society, particularly in education, urging the debaters to engage in meaningful discussions.
He concluded by expressing gratitude to the program partners and invoking blessings for their continued support.
The Damongo Youth Parliament claimed victory at the conclusion of the event, having argued against the motion, while the West Gonja Municipal Parliament secured second place by advocating for it.