August 17, 2011

Mr Clement Kofi Humado, Minister for Youth and Sports, on Tuesday said government had established 30 volunteer camps throughout the country in its bid to raise the spirit of leadership and volunteerism in the youth.

He said reviving the spirit of volunteerism was crucial in nation building and urged voluntary organizations operating in the country to make the youth their core focus.

Mr Humado said this at the just ended National Cadet Leadership Training Camp at Takoradi in the Western Region.

He said leadership training is needed to propel the nation forward in the 21st century.

The objective of the training camp was to encourage and aid Ghanaian youth to develop discipline, life skills and to teach values such as patriotism, respect, discipline, love, self-reliance and kindred virtues.

He said the training programme would also broaden the horizons of the youth through hands-on training and guide them to become mature and responsible adults.

Mr Humado said the ministry was involved in exchange programmes with both local and international partners.

He said the holistic development of the youth was crucial adding, “we do not only deal with disciplinary issues but also the behavioural and emotional issues that cause adolescents to act out of the norm”.