UN Youth Ghana

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UN Youth Ghana (UNYGHANA), is an Internationally and locally registered non-profit Youth-Led Charity organization based in Ghana, devoted to promoting peace and unity among the Ghanaian Youth, teaching them about the United Nations, its Rights and also their equal responsibilities in the Society. The official membership includes, a mixed delegation of Young Activists and advocates who were taught to lead Change in the Ghanaian Society and beyond, as a national peace promoters through Character education, Talents and Entertainment.[1]

About United Nations Youth Ghana

The United Nations Youth Ghana, was initially Setup by Prof. Vinzelts [2][3] to function as the Model United Nations, which was formally aimed of running throughout Ghanaian institutions as Model United Nations, before the later idea was envisioned, as to be transformed into a Youth-Led NGO that could give an equal opportunities and an unlimited volunteership freedom to both, the educated and uneducated Youth, giving them the equal access to Global opportunities with the same benefits and Platforms which they could both enjoy in speaking for their rights, with a common goal toward the promotion of youth development, Capacity building, entrepreneurship, and how to be independent by utilizing their own Talents and skills in the creation of employment and fulfillment of their dreams, irrespective of their level of education and academic status.

Organizational structure

The United Nations Youth Ghana has an executive office and Seven major Departments:

  • The Department of Youth Development, Welfare & Social Protection.
  • The Department of Science, Technology & Innovations.
  • The Projects Department for Orphanages & Homes.
  • The Department of Young Delegates & Advocates on International Assignments.
  • The Department of Culture, Art and Talents Promotion.
  • The Department of Entrepreneurship & Skills Training .
  • The Department for development, focused on Education, Healths and Agriculture.

History

In the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama visited Ghana, the final stop of one of his first international trips as President, and delivered remarks to the Ghanaian youth in Accra. In Accra, the President spoke about four themes that he said are critical to the future of the Youth, the future of Africa democracy, opportunity, health, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The same four pillars of focus reflected in the U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, which was released. President Obama Added that, Ghana has proven to be a model for Africa in terms of unity among the Youth and its democratic practices.

Prof. Vinzelts after president Obama’s speech, realized the importance of uniting all the youth together in peace through a common medium of familiarity and socialization. Hence, has designed many curriculums and platforms that enable the continuation of peace among the youth in Ghana as an exemplary country of peace to other African Countries. He also established the Special Envoys Choir, to promote the message of peace through music, as he believes music travels far, and faster in reaching all the four corners of the world.

Aims & Purpose

The main purpose of UN Youth Ghana is to function as a National peace umbrella, that unites all the Ghanaian youth with one voice of Cease-fire and as a Watchdog for national peace, towards national development, with one vision and aim to promote unity among the Ghanaian Youth and also fight against issues relating to wars, Conflicts, Domestic Violence, Child Labour, Child trafficking, and to help the United Nations finds solutions to the Climate Change. Using Education, talents and Entertainment as a major medium for spreading the news of peace and togetherness across the Country.

Activities & Mission

UN Youth Ghana, Builds a strong educational, Talents and Entertainment platforms in various field which includes but not the least, Music Events, Culture performance, Live acting and Drama, Poetry reading, Carnivals, live Shows, Operas, Conferences. Cinemas, Road shows, and Public Education.

UN Youth Ghana also conducts many activities that engage the youth for peace both before, during and after Presidential Election in Ghana. Empowering the young Ghanaian youth each year, engaging them to participate in Online Portal based cyber University,[4] designed for peace education programs, which interact the youth and their exemplary leaders and models, to discuss issues relating to Unity, Oneness and Harmony. Debates and Contexts are also conducted on the same this same platform known as Cyber University Portal, executing peer-to-peer education programs and events.

Pioneered by Prof. Vinzelts, A Young Ghanaian Peace Musician, Activist and Youth Advocate. The UN Youth Ghana began with 82 Students from the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the University of Education Winneba, among others.

Key Directors & Decision Makers

Below is a table of Managerial Board of Executives of UN Youth Ghana.

Key Members Position Nationality
1 Prof. Vinzelts Country Director Ghanaian
2 Mr. Jurgen Werner Deputy Director German
3 Kate Pierson Director in Charge of volunteers & Scholarships American
4 Mr. Emile A.S Mensah Director of Projects, in Charge of Youth and Children Ghanaian
5 Dr. Susanne Rice Administrative Secretary & [[Counselor of Youth Welfare American
6 Ms. Juanita Baaba Annan Director of Finance Ghanaian


Exemplar Leaders & Legacy Models for the Youth

  • LEGACY LIST
Leaders Affiliation Leadership Position Leadership Qualities & Legacy Year Served
Kofi Annan, Photo: Harry Wad H.E Dr. Kofi Atta Annan
Template:Flag Formal General Secretary of United Nations Has given priority to revitalizing the United Nations through a comprehensive programme of reform; strengthening the Organization's traditional work in the areas of development and the maintenance of international peace and security; advocating human rights, the rule of law and the universal values of equality, tolerance and human dignity; restoring public confidence in the Organization by reaching out to new partners and, in his words, by "bringing the United Nations closer to the people". The Secretary-General has also taken a leading role in mobilizing the international community in the battle against HIV/AIDS, and more recently against the global terrorist threat. 1997 -2006
H.E Dr. John Jerry Rawlings
Template:Flag Formal President of the Republic of Ghana Sacrificed his life for the good of his beloved Country, Ghana. Even as a young man in his 30s, Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings had not been scared of losing his life for the good of his Country. In the May 15th, 1979, uprising, he bravely proclaim “leave all my people alone, I take responsibility for all that has happened” on quote, knowing very well that the imminent punishment is the firing Squad; even then he was brave! Brave, even in the face of DEATH for the love of his dear country. What kind of love is this that one is ready to die for others? No doubt he was nicknamed “Junior Jesus”. Not like the cowards who proclaim their love just by mouth but when the going gets tough ran away to the comfort of foreign lands and only return when the dust settles. He rescued Ghana from total decay to the present prosperity. President Jerry Rawlings is always stubbornly sympathetic to the plight of the ordinary people and does everything humanly possible to uplift them. Former President Rawlings has lots of rich legacies. Besides Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, no political leader has had as much of an impact on our Beloved Country, Ghana in our life time, as President Jerry John Rawlings. 1993-2001
H.E Dr. Agyekum Kuffour
Template:Flag Formal President of the Republic of Ghana Ghana under Kufuor’s leadership has helped and promoted peace in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’lvoire and Guinea-Bissau, among other African states. Mr. Kufuor comes into the arena for President with relevant and unmatched credentials. Among his many attributes are caring, sensitivity, honesty, and due respect for his fellow being. He is a good listener, very diplomatic in his dealings with friends as well as foes, strong and disciplined, and a great consensus builder. He has patiently studied and practiced the art of governance and we can affirm that he is well qualified for the highest office of the land, the Presidency. It may be very important to quote his assertion that "the world is moving in a direction which requires leadership by vision, transcending tribal, national and even continental bounds.

President Kufuor won the presidential elections in Dec. 2000 and was sworn in as president on January 9 2001. In December 2004 he was re-elected again for his second and final term due to his good leadership and Governance.

2001-2009
H.E (The Late President). Prof. John Evans Fifi Atta Mills
Template:Flag Formal President of the Republic of Ghana represented humility, peace, selflessness, reverence for God, hardwork, respect for human rights and democracy. He ruled Ghana for 3 years and 7months (2009 - 2012); but his impact in Ghana, Africa and across the world will be celebrated for generations to come. Ghanaians called him....Asomdwehene (The king of Peace). President Mills' calm, cautious and gentle approach won him many admirers and well as critics. A man who rarely spoke rashly to anyone nor used hate speech or insulting language anywhere. His dedication, commitment and sacrifice to national development was simply admirable. A passionate sports lover; very interested in the development of young people. worked hard continuously, went on several missions abroad, addressed many pertinent developmental issues in Ghana and Africa.

Leadership is about capacity and character. Capacity is having the knowledge, skills, training, technical know-how and experience that makes a person take the lead in his given field. By the work of Mills, The entire world have learnt that, Charater talks about the priceless virtues that makes a person special such as honesty, intergrity, selflessness, humility, patience and inner strength. Prof Mills possessed capacity and character. He was astute and brilliant as well as peaceful and a man of intergrity. He did his best in 3 years interms of achieving high economic growth and stability of the Ghanaian economy. Mills worked tirelessly in terms of improving social infrastructure in Ghana. Much more can be said. Much more was achieved. Much more is yet to be achieved. Several challenges still persist but the good professor's true legacy was not merely block and mortal...but PEACE, HUMILITY,MODESTY, RESPECT, THE FEAR OF GOD, HARD WORK, RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHS, the RULE OF LAW and a good SENCE OF HUMOUR. The Youth have learned a lot from his life, That leadership is humility, respect for your fellowmen, peacefulness, having the fear of God in you and hardwork. The youth are proud of President Mills. Africa is Pleased with his LEADERSHIP. The world recognizes his contributions. He could have achieved more but the cold hand of death took him away untimely. His exempliary leadership and legacy have remained in many hearts and be told to generations yet unborn.

2009 -2012

Humanitarian Projects

UN Youth Ghana now works with street and vulnerable children/youth found in the poorest areas of Ghana, i.e. the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions. Available statistics indicate that 9, 8 and 7 out of every ten people are below the poverty line in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions respectively.

UN Youth Ghana working definition of a street child is any child who spends majority of his/her time outside the home (on the street) engaging in economic activities for his/her survival. The charity's vision is of a Ghana without street children, where every child can live a life of dignity and self-worth.

Earmarked Youth Sectors

UN Youth Ghana supports Youth who are;

Scholarships and Educational Grants

Currently UN Youth Ghana is supporting street and Vulnerable Children in school at various levels including university, training college, senior high school, junior high school, and primary school. Additionally they are supporting street youth (mostly teenagers 15–19 years) to learn trades of their choice, e.g. carpentry, auto fitting, welding, straightening and spraying, dressmaking, hairdressing, local cloth (northern kente) weaving, sign writing, electrical engineering, etc.


Various Areas Targeted

UN Youth Ghana creates an amazing opportunity for youth to express themselves, learn about the United Nations and provide positive solutions for what is, ultimately, their future. The organization has targeted a large number of youth groups requiring specialized and tailored interventions. They include, but are not limited to the following:

Partners

UN Youth Ghana works with partners and key stakeholders in government, non-governmental organizations, volunteer organizations, civil society groups, media organizations, traditional authorities, youth leaders and youth groups when embarking on programs. Having the strength as a local base NGO is drawn mainly from partnership with other stakeholders. However, a proactive partnership is established with partners especially funding organizations for planning, implementation of programs evaluations.

Funding Sources & Fundraising

UN Youth Ghana seeks funding from both individuals and foundations.

Methodology & Workplan

The Organization employs methodologies that range from identifying the problem, dealing with it and providing sustainable solutions. This is often done with the aid of participatory (inclusive) and demonstrative (audio-visual) methods. However, the following steps are usually employed for this purpose.

Strategies Description
1. Identify Recognizing the nature of the problem.
2. Assess Critically evaluating the problem.
3. Obtain Acquire relevant information for solutions.
4. Mobilize Gathering and preparing our target group.
5. Inform Awareness creation and advocacies.
6. Build Capacity building, training, teaching and learning.
7. Improve Eradicating the problem.
8. Apply Ability to translate acquired knowledge and skills to the problem.
9. Impact Sustainability


Future Plan, Vision & Proposed Projects

  • 1. To build a first Center of Innovations for the Youth, where young People, talented, creative and very innovative youth groups, could join heads and innovate, making good use of Africa's raw materials
  • 2. Building a Fun Center and Amusement Park to help promote Tourism, Arts and Cross culture opportunities needed Peace platforms.
  • 3. Planning to Build hospitals for Youth in the Rural communities and villages where there is a need, and those areas where health issues becomes the major problems faced by the Vulnerable Children and the Youth.
  • 4. To supply and Provide enough Computers, Books, School Uniforms and Laptops to Educational Centers in the Rural Volta and Northern Regions Sectors of Ghana
  • 5. Provide Water, Sanitation and Food securities to the Orphanages and Homes in this Vulnerable Areas.
  • 6. working with other Foundations and Organizations in raising enough funds and collaboration to support the various Department of Entrepreneurship & Skills Training.
  • 7. To support more than Five Thousands Brilliant but vulnerable Youth in Education, in Vocational, Technical and Training Institutions.
  • 8. And most importantly Give grants to the youth in irrigation Farming and Agriculture, to promote Enough Food Security for Africa.

The United Nations Arts Education Support Law

The United Nations has recognized the importance of arts education and the consequential need for policy support and implementation. This recognition provided the foundations of an announcement the UN Youth Ghana to promote a comprehensive initiative to facilitate Talents, Entertainment and arts education. Over the last two years, the UN Youth Ghana have planned and implemented various policies to promote national arts education across the country. The enactment of The Arts Education Support Law is underway to provide further institutional support.

Two fields within society are positively affected by arts education. Firstly, it creates a demand for professionals in the arts with an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. Secondly, it supports the programmes and activities that are needed to establish respect for each other’s diversity of historical experience and culture.

These youth are well equipped and been taught all educative and social Character development studies, and Peaceful training education that is helping them to live in peace and oneness, by avoiding mass participation and involvement that lead to Violence, Conflicts, Chaos and War before, during and After Election in Ghana.

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