In a recent of series of fora across Ghana, The Ghana Monitoring & Evaluation Forum (GMEF), a Network of over 40 Professionals engaged in the promotion and the use of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in policy planning and program implementation called on the youth to show more interest in the study and practice of M&E.
This was held at the University of Ghana Graduate Business School-Legon under the theme “YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN M&E: TRENDS, PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES”.
GMEF’s objectives are to share insights and experiences in M&E, support continued M&E education, promote evidence-based decision-making, establish a national M&E repository and to become the National M&E evaluator.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Dede Bedu-Addo the National Co-ordinator of GMEF stressed on the importance of M&E and how it contributes to sustainable development whiles expressing worry as to how many of the youth have acquired the capacity to become an M&E professional.
On advising the youth, Mrs. Dede Bedu-Addo said M&E is a career which is of need in almost every industry and organization that exists in Ghana, from MDA`s/MMDA`s Planning and Monitoring Departments, Research Departments and Institutions, CSO`s/NGO`sS among others.
She urged the youth to take up the challenge of shifting from their ‘comfort’ zones to take up the feat of pursuing courses in M&E in addition to their field of study which would enable industries and organizations absorb them.
Other speakers spoke on the numerous organizations which are in constant need of M&E professionals urged the youth to take advantage of the thousands of advertisements for M&E professionals in our dailies indicating that M&E is a critical area of development which is fast becoming a very important and highly sought after profession to be ignored by the youth.
Sultan Nuhu Mohammed.