President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged African leaders to create favourable economic opportunities to ensure that young people stay on the continent rather than risk their lives on the desert to Europe for greener pastures.
The President made the remarks at the opening of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Accra on Wednesday, 9 May 2018.
The summit is aimed at galvanising intelligence from policymakers, civil society organisations, academics and the public on how to ensure that quality education is made accessible to every child.
In a speech read on his behalf by Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the president said access to quality education will help harness the potential of the African youth to help develop the continent.
Nana Akufo-Addo said: “African youth have so much to offer, however, over the years, we have not succeeded in creating the optimal environment for them to prosper. Many of our youth are denied basic necessities of life including quality education.
“In fact, despite some success chalked over the years, quality education still remains an illusion for many children in Africa. As more and more of our young people continue to tread the dangerous path of the Mediterranean and the Sahara to seek greener pastures in Europe, largely because of absence to quality education and economic opportunities, the theme for this year’s forum: ‘Unlocking the world’s potential: Leading and innovating for quality education in Africa’, could not have been more appropriate.
“We cannot continue to lose our young men and women due to the unavailability of educational and economic opportunities. We must firm up policies that will ensure that we can create opportunities for the youth to stay and contribute to the development of the continent.”