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Youth Parliamentarians visit STAR Ghana Foundation

Representatives of 175 Youth Parliamentarians from twenty-five (25) communities in five (5) districts of the Northern Region of Ghana namely Sagnarigu, Yendi, Saboba, Nanumba South and Nanumba North and other youth advocates have paid a visit to the offices of STAR Ghana Foundation today Wednesday 27th February 2019. The visit forms part of activities lined up for same’s visit to the Parliament House of the republic of Ghana from Thursday 28th to Friday 1st March 2019.

Teiko Sabah, Head of Programmes, STAR Ghana, welcoming the team on behalf of the Programme Director (Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu)

 

STAR Ghana as part of its Learning role is in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL), facilitating the learning visit. The Youth Parliamentarians visited the STAR-Ghana Foundation office to familiarise themselves with the Foundation and its work and discuss the agenda for the visit to Parliament.

Participants on the trip

 

Teiko Sabah, Head of Programmes, STAR Ghana, on behalf of the Programme Director – Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, received the team of Youth Parliamentarians at the STAR Ghana conference room. She briefed the team about the vision and mission of STAR Ghana Foundation after extending a warm welcome to them. Teiko further highlighted the role of STAR Ghana’s Parliamentary workstream to include coordinating and facilitating spaces for Civil Society Organizations to engage with Parliament.

One of our key role as an organisation is to bridge the gap between citizens and state actors by creating spaces for relevant stakeholders to engage in fruitful conversations, and documenting learning to improve our work.She said.

Mariam Kyei, Parliamentary Workstream Manager of STAR Ghana, oriented the visiting team on some basic parliamentary protocols – dos and don’ts of Parliament of Ghana and shared the planned artillery of the visit with the team. She encouraged them to focus more on the core issues for their engagement and urged the team to take advantage of the opportunity to seek useful networking and mentoring opportunities from Members of Parliament of Ghana.

Marian Kyei, Parliamentary Workstream Manager, STAR Ghana, addressing the visiting team

 

The Youth Parliament is a concept started by the youth of Saboba and currently being implemented as an extended project by the Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL). The initiative is to provide a platform for young people to have engagements with decentralized duty bearers and find solutions to issues concerning community development. The project is being supported by the STAR-Ghana Foundation with funding from DFID, DANIDA and the EU.   The Youth Parliament has been used to change the behaviour and attitudes of the youth, build their confidence and skills to engage effectively.

 

The Youth Parliamentarians will have the opportunity to engage the Speaker of Parliament, observe parliamentary sittings, learn more about parliamentary procedures and meet some selected committees of parliament for further deliberations.

In attendance were members of the Parliamentary workstream, as well as Communications and Learning Team of STAR Ghana.

Members of the Parliamentary Workstream of STAR Ghana leading the coordination process

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