The bane of all hitherto existing development projects was either the complete disregard for the human capital development pillar or the subjection of that pillar to the other pillar (non human capital).
Since all of creation and innovation exist to primarily satisfy the demands of humans, any system which sets aside or minimises the central role of humans in the development experience is doomed to be faced with a curse of deflated development gains.
While all human capital is extremely crucial in the development agenda, there is none more well placed to spearhead plans and projections than the group categorised as youth.
Youth, a group falling within ages 15-40, consistent with the African Youth Charter, exert an enormous amount of energy on all historically known societies; and the experience of Ghana would not be an exception.
In the face of rapid growth of the youth population in Ghana, Africa and all over the developing worlds, the only logical conclusion is for our homes/families, religious groupings, city centres, schools, governments and public offices to design well laid out but simple plans/ programs for maximising the advantages made available by presence of increasing youth folk.
A country like China is a clear indication of how millions of youths could be put to effective use rather than allowed to waste away, or to labour without any commensurate remuneration.
It is against this backdrop that the "Retire Before 40" campaign launch seeks to throw light on the potential realities inherent in "empowered and motivated youths". While some of the ideas communicated in book are pretty obvious, the twisted angle from which such old ideas are presented helps to provide avenues for further study and action taking.
Furthermore, the factor of time functioned into the development of youth human capital is strategic, and, it helps to discourage a laid-back approach to youth empowerment; instead, the time limit commands the attention of all stakeholders to commit to serious, collaborative, massive and consistent deployment of time, resource and training towards youth human capital development.
As earlier intimated, it's not the preserve of any special group of people to develop our teeming and despondent youth populations. Its a shared responsibility; starting right down from families through to institutions and corporations.
Together, we can re-write our worlds history by re-writing a billion youths stories. Partner aggressively and help lets spread the gospel of Retire Before 40.
Gold Empire Foundation(NGO- Founder, Exe. Dir) RetireBefore40(Authour)
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