Youth for development

an African Perspective

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This publication is a report of a workshop on National Youth Programmes and National Youth Services held in Accra, Ghana in March 1975. The workshop examined national youth programmes and national service schemes and determined future developments and priorities in this field. The workshop was attended by Directors of National Youth Programmes and National Youth Services from ten African countries, as well as by representatives from India, Jamaica and Malaysia whose participation provided an inter-regional exchange of experience. The ILO was represented in the capacity of observer. Lead papers, which are reproduced in Chapter 2, were presented by four African scholars in order to provide a background, in the context of national development, for the Programmes discussed. Country papers were presented by each of the participating delegations and are reproduced in Appendix I. Recommendations for Commonwealth action are also included.




Following the presentation and discussion of the lead papers, country statements, and group reports, a small committee was appointed to review the proceedings of the workshop and examine the several questions and observations which had emerged during its course, to identify the outstanding issues, and to submit to the penultimate plenary session a draft in respect of recommendations which the workshop might wish to make. Thus, noting that only a very small proportion of young people come within the ambit of National Service Schemes and National Youth Programmes, and that particularly in rural areas there is need for a substantial effort to be made to expand the reach of such programmes, and considering the serious problems of poverty, under-development and illiteracy, the workshop agreed to make recommendations.


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