Stakeholders at this year’s celebration of the Upper East Regional Festival of Arts and Culture have advocated investment in the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the country to enhance youth development.

They said the youth constituted vital proportion of the country’s population and called on bodies responsible for building cultures within the country to inculcate in the youth the positive aspects of culture and traditions to guide them for life.

This, they added, would imbibe in the youth all the cultural occupations for sustainable livelihood, employment and wealth creation for socio-economic development.

This year’s celebration was on the theme, “Empowering the youth through culture, tourism and creative arts for employment and wealth creation.”
The occasion brought together the chiefs and people as well as various cultural groups within the Region to showcase the depth of talent and diverse cultural heritage in the Upper East Region.
The occasion was characterized by variety of cultural dance performances from the various cultural groups drawn districts and exhibition of the rich crafts and artefacts the Region is endowed it.
Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, Deputy Upper East Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf, stated that culture played crucial role in the unity and development of the citizenry and therefore must be patronized.
 “The Upper East Region has unique cultural features and traditions that give self identity, self respect and pride to the people and these features and traditions are the products of the common values and institutions, which represent our collective national heritage that evolves and needs to be developed from generation to generation,” he added.
He promised the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council’s commitment to collaborate effectively with the Regional Centre for National Culture (CNC) to open up more youth training centres to equip them with employable skills to avert the over dependence on the public sector for jobs.
Madam Janet Edna Nyame, the Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture (NCC), explained that neglect of the cultural values had been the cause of high indiscipline by the youth in society in recent times and said the effects were detrimental.
She said “festival of arts and culture is therefore an attempt to dialogue extensively on these drawbacks and fathom ways and means of putting the youth back on track for employment generation and wealth creation.”
The Executive Director added that the CNC and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture would team up with the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council to improve the weaving industry by linking the producers of crafts in the Region to international markets and support them to participate in local and international exhibitions.
“There is a huge potential and market for these products outside Ghana and I therefore encourage the youth to take keen interest in them and learn how to produce these crafts,” Madam Nyame admonished.
Source: GNA

Created: 19 November 2018
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