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What it means to #RethinkGhana

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:17

Historically, March 6, 1957 marks an important day in Ghana’s history; Ghana, on that day, became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to obtain its independence from the British.

Reviewing literature on the zeal with which our ancestors fought to gain independence and build a formidable country post-independence, the current day Ghana is really sick. The disconnect stems from the fact that the strong systems our ancestors built have all broken down. The only cure is to rethink.

The rethinking process is initiated when one begins to observe mishaps and change in an individual, a field of study, a family, church, community, nation, continent, or the world.

The Youth is made of 20% of the Ghanaian population with about 4.9 million individuals aged between 15 and 24. The major problem identified with this group is high unemployment rate of about 12.9%, with 70% of this group between the ages of 15 and 29 years (Population and Housing Census, 2010). Yearly, thousands of graduands graduate from the various tertiary institutions without hopes of landing a job. The social implications of youth unemployment is noticeable in increased streetism, social vices, rising crime, drug use and other related issues that pose as threat to the society. Now, that calls for rethink.

Zooming into why a nation blessed with natural resources including gold, oil, cocoa, bauxite, manganese, diamond, etc., it is interesting how economic hardships have been the topic for social media posts, phone in segments on radio stations and even in informal conversation. The time to rethink is now.

As it stands now, it is about time we rethink what we are doing wrong or which part of the puzzle we missed that is creating all these challenges in the Ghanaian system.

From: TEDxAccra