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Addressing Unemployment Challenges in Ghana

Addressing Unemployment Challenges in Ghana

One of the most pressing problems for Ghana is certainly unemployment. The World Bank (2016) reports that 48% of youths in Ghana are unemployed. The official government definition of this part of the population includes those of 18 to 35 years of age — about a quarter of the population.  The growing rate of urbanization without the creation of an adequate or proportional number of jobs, coupled with the relatively high growth rate of the population, has caused unemployment to be extremely high. Young people are worse off, with some estimates suggesting that only as little as two percent are able to find employment. The rest are left to engage in [small-scale] activities in the informal sector to make ends meet. The government has, however, undertaken a number of countermeasures, most notably the National Youth Employment Program spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in order to see to the alleviation of this pressing issue, yet to no avail! Addressing the Challenge

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The "Fancy Job" Search in Rwanda

The "Fancy Job" Search in Rwanda

www.newsofrwanda.com - 2012 Although Rwanda has relatively low youth unemployment rates compared to other countries in Africa, there is so much to be done for those without employment. Unemployment rates in the country were 4.7% in 2001 and increased to a record 13.2% in 2016. This increase in the unemployment rate directly corresponds to youth in Rwanda, since about 70% of the country’s population are youth (below 35 years of age). For young people who need to make their own future this is a crucial issue. Rwanda has established different policies to reduce youth unemployment. Youth talents are now being considered, free professional courses are provided, primary and secondary studies are free for public schools and entrepreneurial training is available. Despite all these efforts made by the government, youth unemployment continues to be a problem and worsens almost every day. We are forced to wonder if the policies we have introduced are not enough to prevent the increase

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