Pastor Florence Sena Amponsah, the Programme Implementation Manager of Compassion International Ghana, says majority of the youth, are struggling to chart a proper career path, due to inadequate guidance and counselling structures available.
She said the adolescent and youth constitute the human resource potential, which requires effective harnessing and mobilisation to accelerate the rate of every nation.
“Based on the 2010 population and housing census, the population of Ghana is been described as youthful, consisting of a large proportion of children under 15 years, and a small proportion of elderly persons 65 years and older.
“But many youth struggle to chart a proper career path due to inadequate guidance and counselling structures either at school or home,” Pastor Amponsah said at the maiden career fair and conference for Compassion Adolescent beneficiaries in Accra on Wednesday.
The 11-days young leaders conference 2016, which is being organised by Compassion International Ghana, aims at exposing the youth and adolescents in Compassion programme to positive role models and equipping them with knowledge, skills, attitude, values and ethics.
It aimed at enabling them to acquire life-long skills to enable them make the right choices and decisions geared towards reaching their full God-given potentials.
Pastor Amponsah said unemployment and under employment, resulting from inadequate and inappropriate training for the job market, inadequate mentoring opportunities for career coaching and guidance is a problem among the youth.
This leads to weak, moral, social, cultural and religious values among them, resulting in inadequate guidance.
“To address these challenges, compassion intends to create appropriate platform opportunities for interaction between the youth and role models in the society so as to enable the young ones build the needed self-confidence to maximise their potential for their future development,” she said.
The programme Implementation Manager for Compassion International Ghana therefore called on young people to be consciously integrated into their societies as that would enable them to realise the need for them to contribute positively towards development.
Mr. Padmore Baffour Agyapong, the Country Director of Compassion International Ghana Office, said the conference was in line with Compassion Ghana’s youth development strategy to create appropriate platforms for interaction between the adolescents and adult Christian experts leadership, mentoring and coaching.
He said it was expected that the young ones would build their needed self-confidence to maximise their potential for future development.
Mr Baffour Agyapong advised the youth to identify and develop their God-given gifts, have vision and work towards achieving it.
“Cultivate the skills of leadership and influence positively by being disciplined in all aspects of your life for excellence to be achieved,” he said.
He also encouraged the youth to educate themselves by practising continuous learning, adding: “What you do today prepares you for the future, don’t use today to repair your future.”
Participants were educated on career assessment, guidance and counselling, developing and maintaining personal relationship with Christ, relationship building, youth and leadership.
Some beneficiaries who spoke with the Ghana News Agency said, the career fair and conference had made them well informed in their choice of career path and that would make them to be economically self-supporting in the future.