COLTEK Hosts Ashanti Region’s Maiden International Youth Day Celebration

The College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) was the converging point for hundreds of youth for the maiden International Youth Day (IYD) celebration.

International Youth Day is celebrated to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996 (resolution 50/81) to  bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

The Ashanti Regional Directorate of the National Youth Authority (NYA) partnered with COLTEK to organise the celebration under the theme “Transforming Education: The role of the Youth in Contributing to Quality Education in Ghana.” The NYA is a Statutory Public Organization under the Ministry for Youth and Sports with the mandate to ensure the empowerment of the Ghanaian youth.

The Youth Parliament in session

Featuring prominently in the nearly five-hour celebration was an enthralling Youth Parliamentary Sitting and Proceedings and a thought-provoking poetry on the state of Ghana’s education by a student of COLTEK, Mr. Bin Abass.

In his welcome address, the Principal of COLTEK, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo indicated that the celebration was historic since UEW is an avid supporter of efforts that seek to develop the youth for the rapid growth of the country. He continued that a partnership with the NYA was an important step towards fulfilling UEW’s 2019-2023 Corporate Strategic Plan Theme Four under which the University has tasked itself to establish Community, National, Regional and International partnerships for development.

Principal of COLTEK, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo addressing the gathering

He stressed the importance of paying particular attention to the grooming of the youth and encouraged participants to endeavour to work hard but shun all evil deeds inimical to themselves as individuals and the nation as a whole.

Prof. Sarfo drew attention to the need for more to be done in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to expedite national growth and to help solve the nation’s developmental challenges.

“It is unfortunate if there are people in our country today who still perceive TVET as a reserve for the academically weak. TVET is actually a key solution to our developmental problems,” and encouraged the youth to sign-up in their numbers for the various TVET programmes that were on offer at COLTEK.

Ashanti Regional Director of NYA, George Orwell Amponsah addressing the youth

The Ashanti Regional Director of NYA, Mr. George Orwell Amponsah was grateful to COLTEK for partnering with his outfit to organise a successful celebration. He was hopeful that NYA and COLTEK would maintain a long lasting relationship to ensure the attainment of the mutual objectives of both institutions.

Chairing the function, the Vice Dean of Student Affairs at COLTEK, Dr. Philip Oti-Agyen advised the youth against abusing drugs since that eventually would destroy their lives.

A section of the youth applauding after one of the brilliant presentations at the ceremony

Participants at the celebration were mainly secondary and tertiary school students as well as representatives of various youth groups in the Ashanti Region.

Also, present to grace the occasion included the Member of Parliament for Kwadaso Constituency, Dr. Samuel K. Nuamah as well as representatives from the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (ARCC) and the Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The Member of Parliament for Kwadaso Constituency, Dr. Samuel K. Nuamah (left) and the representative of the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah attentively listen to a presentation

Some Management Members of COLTEK and other important persons who graced the ceremony

Vice Dean of Student Affairs at COLTEK, Dr. Philip Oti-Agyen