PAYDP’s operations are directed largely, at creating a platform for young people, especially girls, aimed at

helping them to develop their potentials and have equal access to information, through capacity building, to

influence decision making at local, regional and national levels in the following broad thematic areas:

1. Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)

2. Gender Equality and Girls’ Empowerment

3. Entrepreneurship Development

4. Youth Leadership and Innovation

To increase sexual reproductive rights awareness, and access to SRH information for young girls including kayayei (aged 12-19 years) and women within PAYDP’s programme communities.

Strategies:

• Promoting SRH education and training among in-school and out-off-school youth

• Advocating for institution of youth friendly services within PAYDP’s programme communities

• Engaging in SRH related community mobilisation activities to shift norms that encourage early marriage

• Promoting acquisition of employable skills among girls including kayayei.

• Lobbying for interventions to promote enactment and enforcement of laws and policies that delay marriage

• Supporting trained peer educators and counselors to conduct SRH peer education and counselling

• Organising community level events to improve increase uptake of PAYDP’s services

• Developing partnerships with relevant organisations to expand PAYDP’s role in SRH service delivery activities

In Ghana, although women outnumber men in the population by 51.5% to 48.5% (GDHS, 2014), they are under-represented at many levels of economic, social and political activity. And despite many interventions at the national, regional and district levels to address inequity and inequality through communication and advocacy programmes focused on the different needs and roles of women, girls, boys and men, the gender disparities persist.

Strategies:

• Promoting awareness raising sessions interventions on benefits of girls’ including kayayei and women’s

education

• Promoting campaigns to encourage education of young girls including kayayei

• Encouraging primary grade reading programmes to provide girls including kayayei with the basic reading

skills they need to succeed in school

• Lobbying local authorities for education for marginalized populations and girls’ enrollment in school, from

preschool through secondary levels

• Engaging teachers in open discussions designed to ensure that they give equitable treatment to girls.

• Promoting programmes to provide higher education to adolescent girls including kayayei even in technical

fields from which they are typically excluded

• Increasing community support for girls’ including kayayei education through community durbars

Entrepreneurship development is a widely used tool for increasing young peoples’ access to employment opportunities. Positive results have been achieved through training and awareness creation programmes aimed at providing young girls and women with skills to achieve economic independence and self-sustainability.

Strategies

• Identifying young potential entrepreneurs within PAYDP’s programme communities for support

• Promoting enterprise development and self-employment awareness raising activities among young

girls including kayayei

• Promoting basic business and financial management skills training among young people

• Supporting young girl trainees to start their own business

• Imparting livelihoods and incomes skills to girls including kayayei to reintegrate them into their communities

• Organising exhibitions and fairs to showcase girls’ including kayayei products to improve sales

• Instituting award schemes for deserving girls who perform with excellence

Youth leadership and innovation programmes help to develop the innate abilities of young people by inculcating into them values of self-awareness as well as leadership and innovation. Improved self-awareness ultimately leads to greater self-understanding – the capacity to have a deeper awareness of one’s strengths, weaknesses, needs and drives. It also lends the trainee capacity to form an accurate truthful model of herself and to use that model to operate effectively in life. By acquiring the requisite self-discipline through training, the individual learns to lead and inspire others with zeal and persistence even in the face of frustration. Leadership and innovation training thus provides the learner not only with the ability to keep distress and despair from swamping her ability to think, but it also widens her leadership development base to develop a yearning for responsibility and a willingness to guide the less privileged sections of society through crisis situations – qualities that are critical for successful national development.

Strategies

• Promoting leadership and innovation skills development among young people especially girls including

kayayei

• Adapting leadership and innovation skills development to fit the needs of different categories of selected young

people

• Supporting development of curriculum for leadership and innovation training

• Adapting training methodologies (institutional, mentorship, on-the-job training, other) to fit training needs

• Identifying appropriate training institutions for various skills training needs

• Sourcing sponsorship support for hard working but needy youth

• Developing PAYDP’s internal capabilities

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