THE Ashanti Regional Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr Kwesi Quainoo, has called for the revival of youth voluntarism in the region.
Expressing regret about the way youth voluntarism had taken a nosedive within the past 20 years, Mr Quainoo noted that its revival would enable the youth to face the challenges of the future.
Mr Quainoo was speaking on the topic: ”Youth volunteering in Ghana—lessons and challenges for the future,” at a workshop on youth development organised by the National Youth Council (NYC) in Kumasi.
Tracing the history of youth volunteering in Ghana, Mr Quainoo said it dated back to the pre-colonial era when the Asafo and various youth groups participated in rescue operations, communal labour and other activities that were of immense benefit to the society.
He stated that the factors that were killing that spirit in the youth must be revisited.
The regional director expressed regret for instance that succeeding governments had paid lip service to youth development in the country, adding, “Lack of clear direction and orientation for the youth have aggravated the predicament of the Ghanaian youth.”
He called for the use of institutions like the NYC established to promote youth development to enable them to discharge their responsibilities effectively.
Mr Quainoo stated that the NSS was doing everything possible to promote youth voluntarism in the country.
He said the NSS in conjunction with the Voluntary Overseas (VSO) had established a vibrant volunteer service, which recruits and deploys post-national service volunteers to teach in distressed rural communities in the country.