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STUDENTS: Mabel Otoo (Leader), Efua Koomson, Cecilia Coker, Adjei Shadrach, TEACHER: Samuel Asiamah (Mentor)

Geographic Focus: Cape Coast, Ghana

Date Completed: 30 May 2012

Project Description: The study looks at how the youth can be transformed into effective, law-abiding citizens and future community leaders.
Simple random, purposive sampling methods with structured interviews and focus group discussions were employed in gathering data.
The study identified Government, Traditional leaders and parents as the regulators of youth life. However, weak controls have caused high teenage pregnancies, under-aged marriages, high illiteracy rate in fishing communities, general poverty, child labor, children selling in the streets or engaged in fishing during school hours, people selling chaotically at lorry stations and obstructing vehicular traffic, improper disposal of human waste and refuse at beaches and in drains.
We collaborated with traditional leaders, metropolitan officials, educationists and community leaders to find solutions. A reversal of the trend warrants stringent measures that would educate and empower the youth, make them understand their environment, take responsible leadership roles and make effective decisions concerning the community and livelihood.

Main Project Theme: Leadership

Map Description: The map depicts important places in Cape Coast and areas where data on youth development and community building issues were collected for analysis.

Photograph Description: These pictures show Mabel and friends observing pregnant teenagers at hospital, teenagers mending nets, girls in street-selling (notice the girl selling water accompanied by her baby), no-defecation notice at beach shows the impact of our project on the community.


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