Strengthening sustainable programmes for peace should be a key area for the current government to reduce youth unemployment.The founding president of Transform Ghana Peace Project, Mr. Steven Blessing Ackah, on Friday 24th February 2017 released a policy brief to the National Peace Council and other key policy makers on the issue of youth employment.
In the policy brief, he stated that the National Peace Council should look at a Peace and Youth Employment Programme that can help build a positive attitudinal mindset among the youth. This analysis would create direct links between sources of violence and youth unemployment trends.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, of which Ghana is of no exemption, identifies Goal #16 for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies and decent work and growth as key priorities. Across the world, Ghana is known as a peaceful country. That may be a fact, but remember, sustainable peace means decent jobs, low unemployment, and highly dynamic youth engagements.
These are key indicators that policy makers in the country should look at when creating youth programmes. He added that the recent Bimbila Chieftaincy conflict and that of the mayhem during the transition era shows that the National Peace Council should build more capacity for employment programmes that will help educate the youth across all communities.
Programmes on reducing the progressive unemployment in Ghana should be a concern to the National Peace Council, and not only already known institutions like Ministry of Employment & Labour Relations, Ministry of Youth & Sports, and Ghana Recruitment Agencies.
In conclusion, he affirmed concerns raised by the UN. Well established theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between education on employment programmes and peace are not yet translated into an analytical framework. This is needed for the Council to implement and link community service organisations, and relate to the need to work around the issue, rather than just looking at peace campaigns during elections by many organisations.
When government provides good structures and systems in our everyday lives, there is less need to organise peace campaign across the 10 regions, and instead such efforts can be concentrated to only conflict-affected places in our communities.