Youth Without Borders Ghana lauds the Government of Ghana for the Implementation of Free SHS Policy

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence and character that is the goal of true education”– Martin Luther king. A generation of youngsters who think critically and intensively is needed to overcome 21st century challenges. Education offers opportunity to achieve aspirations, and foster the right types of values and skills that will lead to sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as peaceful living. Education can, and must, contribute to a new vision of sustainable global development.

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Youth Without Borders Ghana believes that, the best and an unwavering future a government can give to its citizens is to provide them with equal opportunities and the Free SHS policy is one of such. The Free Senior High School has given hope to many parents, guardians and even many students who couldn’t have afforded secondary education. As a youth organization, we want to use this opportunity to commend the Government of Ghana for taking such bold initiative.

Education is the best weapon which we can use to solve the many challenges we face as a nation. No child should be denied education because of their socio-economic background. With the inception of this Free SHS policy, the people of Ghana are in a better position to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality education and lifelong learning, free equal access to TVET, Secondary, Tertiary and Adult Education. A fundamental change is needed in the way we think about education’s role in global development, because it has a catalytic impact on the well-being of individuals and the future of Ghana as a Country.

YWB Ghana believes that this policy has the tendency of alleviating poverty and illiteracy in Ghana, at the same time, ensuring socio- economic development. We therefore entreat all and sundry to support this good social intervention policy by serving as ambassadors. It was a campaign promise but now a National policy that will benefit all and the generations yet to come.

More so, YWB Ghana want the government of the day and successive governments to ensure that the policy becomes sustainable and not subject to partisan and political changes. With our abundant natural and human resources, a free education up to the tertiary level is long overdue and we hope to see government working towards achieving that by 2030.

Whiles commending government for the policy, Government should also take cognizance of the eminent challenges the policy is likely to bring so as to not compromise on Quality. Due diligence must be conducted to safeguard the smooth implementation and sustainability of this all important policy. We also call on government to come up with comprehensive legal framework which would prevent successive governments from discontinuing the policy. This we believe will help protect such an important youth and national development intervention from undue political interferences.

Youth Without Borders Ghana is a youth-for-youth development non-governmental organization (NGO) and social movement with national, continental and global outlook. We seek to courageously challenge the systems around the world of young people that hinder the full realization of their potential and development. Our commitment is to build concrete structures and solutions to address the developmental challenges facing young people and society at large. YWB Ghana is proudly representing Ghana and West Africa on the 2017/2018 African Union Youth Advisory Board which was recently inaugurated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Long live YWB! Long live Ghana!! Long live Africa!!!

King David Cartey
Director, Communications & Public Affairs