A Dialogue with the Youth

Released: Friday, May 25, 2012

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Youth organisations ask "What About Us?" of Ghanaian presidential candidates

Description   

Youth-led organisations and media outlets join forces to call for a youth-focused debate from Ghana’s presidential candidates

General information

Building on momentum from the recent mass biometric  voter registration, a coalition of several youth empowerment groups and union, including 54 Kingdoms, Africa Youth Network, COYDOG, and others, is calling for the first-ever presidential youth centered debate in Ghana. Looking ahead to the December elections, the debate would focus on the key issues affecting a critical voting demographic, with the age group of 35 and under representing 60% of the population.

The debate will be a direct conversation with Ghanaian youth, inviting presidential candidates to answer questions posed by young Ghanaians in Ghana and around the world via social media networks including Facebook and Twitter, texts and phones, about key topics of concern. For the first time, the candidates will have platform to share their agenda with the nation in a live-televised format, laying out specific and concrete solutions. The debate is tentatively scheduled for 15th August, 2012 as part of activities marking this year’s International Youth Day celebration.

"It is easy for politicians to promise change without having a clue about the realities Ghanaian youth face every day. However, we know that their decisions now will largely determine our future so we want to know where they stand. This time around, we are engaged, aware and empowered, and believe that our vote should be earned and not expected.

The Africa Youth Network with it partners last year launched The Ghana Youth Awards  initiative, prompting youthful Ghanaians across the nation to be recognized for their stride in developing Ghana and the Ghana Youth Forum for Ghanaian across the globe to voice their views on the nation’s developmental agenda.  We seek to further educate the Ghanaian youth on the missions and motives of presidential aspirants and will continue to collaborate on various initiatives to drive voter awareness and participation.

Mission

Facilitating a debate that focuses on the key issues affecting a critical voting demographic, with the age group of 35 and under representing 60% of the population. The debate will be a direct conversation with Ghanaian youth, inviting presidential candidates to answer questions posed by young Ghanaians in Ghana and around the world via social media networks including Facebook and Twitter, texts and phones, about key topics of concern.

The goal of the Ghana Youth Forum is to engage young people in deciding what happens next in Ghana. Check back for upcoming initiatives geared towards informing our youth on the importance of voting, the candidates running, and how each prospective administration will affect them.

"What Would You Do For Me, Mr. President?"

Does it seem like problems affecting you as a Ghanaian youth always go unaddressed? Ever wish you had a platform where you could make your voice heard?

Well we would like to give you a place to air out your frustrations; and ask our Presidential candidates: "What Would You Do for Me, Mr. President?

Here's how it works:

  1. Send us a one to two minute video stating your name, where you reside, followed by a problem with Ghana that affects you on a daily basis. This applies to both Ghanaians living at home or abroad. It doesn't have to be professional quality; you can record it on your cell phone, your digital camera, or camcorder. It just needs to be visible and audible. It may be best to upload to vimeo or youtube and then provide us a direct URL to your video. .
  2. Send your questions to contact@ayonet.org
  3. Tweet us (@ayo_net)
  4. Write on our Fanpage Wall (facebook.com/AfricaYouthNetwork)
  5. Submit a form on the website - www.ayonet.org

Format: RSVP Candidate Question.

Send the video by email to gyf@ayonet.org.*

This is your chance to let our leaders know what they need to do to get your vote. Start recording!