1.5m Ghanaian youth not engaged in education, employment, or training – Survey
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has released concerning data regarding the education and employment status of young people in the country.
According to the monthly press release, 24.2% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 remain disconnected from educational and vocational opportunities.
The GSS findings also revealed that in 13 out of the 16 regions in Ghana, over 20% of young people in the same age group are not in education, employment, or training.
Additionally, the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) showed that 11.1% of individuals aged 15 to 24 years, which is equivalent to 1.4 million young people, had never attended school.
The regions with the highest percentages of young people who had never accessed formal education were Savannah, North East, Northern, Upper West, and Oti.
These five regions accounted for nearly half of the total number of young individuals who had never attended school, amounting to 665,508 people.
The release of this data coincided with World Youth Skills Day, which is celebrated on July 15 every year.
The day aims to highlight the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.
The figures underscore the need for focused efforts to address the challenges faced by young people in accessing education and employment opportunities in Ghana.