By Bernice Bessey .
The National Youth Authority (NYA), in an effort to ensure an inclusive roadmap guiding youth development in the country, has engaged Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in that respect.
The involvement of PWDs in reviewing of the Youth Policy was because they constitute three percent of the total population size, and 26 percent of their number is between the ages of 15-35 of the youth bracket.
This, Chief Executive Officer of the NYA, Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, speaking at one-day consultative meeting with PWDs in Accra yesterday, said needs all stakeholders to make a concerted effort to plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and strengthen activities of PWDs who fall within the youth bracket.
“…so that the priority needs of PWDs would be aligned to government’s development agenda, as well as other relevant international development protocols and frameworks such as the United Sustainable Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 of the Africa Union.”
He said a significant proportion of the Ghanaian population lives with one form disability or the other, hence, the need to prioritise issues of disabled persons in nation building.
Mr. Sin-Nyet explained that the engagement provided the PWDs the opportunity to make inputs in order to be captured into the policy to reflect the demands of contemporary times.
He said the preliminary stakeholders’ engagement had so far been carried alongside a National Technical Committee established and inaugurated, and a concept paper for the review developed.
The consultation engagement that was supported by Commonwealth Secretariat, Landon, STAR-Ghana and ActionAid, he said, was “An evaluation of the existing youth policy to identify gaps has been completed, and the report disseminated to inform and elicit inputs from stakeholders.”
The Vice President of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations, Mawunyo Yakor-Dagbah, chairing the meeting, called on youth living with disabilities to take advantage of new technologies to enhance their lives.
She said a systematic development is needed in the policy to rectify and correct policies made about the youth.