A research conducted by Child Rights International, a non-governmental organization, from June 2020 to April 2021 among children between the ages of 12 and 17 in all the 16 regions of Ghana, has revealed that 94% of children throughout the nation are afraid of not getting jobs when they grow.
The research furthers states that, “55% of the respondents say they wish to migrate to another country, while 11% would either stay in the country or leave.”
The children also expressed worries over how the unavailability of jobs will make life difficult for many citizens in the next 20 years than it is now.
According to Mr. Bright Appiah, the Executive Director of Child Rights International, “the children who want to leave the country are leaving for a reason. So clearly, if you are able to put things in place, we would affirm the belief system of our children in this country and they will contribute their quota.”
“There are things that are going on that show that we do not have a national agenda that the children have an understanding of,” he stressed.
The research was aimed at providing evidence on issues of concern to children and further provide the opportunity for their voices to be heard on key issues that affects them.
The research also seeks to know what the children in Ghana think about how the country is been administered now and how they think it will be in the next 20 years.