Mentoring of the youth all over the world with strong initiatives backing them has gone a long way to benefit nations in the long term as research has proven. This and many other things inform me to add my voice in advocating the development of sustainable youth-oriented mentoring programmes that will unearth the potential of the youth in the country.
For this reason I believe would motivate young people to appreciate their God-given talents and potentials to grow up to become more useful to themselves, the society and the nation at large.
Our economy has over depended for many years on our gold, timber, manganese, diamonds and cocoa which has always been touted as our precious natural resources. But on the contrary, I believe that those are not our precious resources anymore that we should depend on but in our ability to unearth the talents of our children into indispensable resources for our progress, the better.
Mentoring as a means of transferring knowledge to the youth, is eminent because, hidden in the hearts and minds of our youth and also children are Aspirations, Dreams, and Hopes of our suburbs, regions and the nation as a whole and also desire as well as the will to see things get better by the day.
Because much of our attention has been devoted to the exploitation of the country’s natural resources which are not our most cherished or a precious resource for our development aspirations, the question asked is ‘How could the country nurture the youth into responsible adult citizens’.
Another question for consideration in curbing the problem is ‘How do we, as a nation, provide guidance and the support needed so that the youth do not only receive formal education provided by the educational system but help develop their self-belief and also their self-esteem so they become emotionally and spiritually mature? . I remember during my days at Nifa Secondary School, Adukrom, we had sections like the Guidance & Counseling Unit, where the development of all students were of top concern to the school whether you were top of your class or not. Periodic guidance and counseling sessions were organized to remind students of their purpose and what they could become if they realized who they were.
As a way of providing mentoring programmes for the youth, I believe, since education is now considered a right and not a privilege, quality education should be accessible to all with well spelt out mentoring modules as well as guidance and counseling sessions periodically.
Also I believe opinion leaders, chiefs, policy makers and the nation at large should support the initiation of youth mentoring programmes to empower them. Otherwise since the youth constitute the largest segment of the population, they are most affected by unemployment, whiles their potential had been often misdirected into wrong actions.
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