|Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Newsletter (UNESCO, 1999, 20 p.)|
The programme has not been without challenges. Its implementation calls for a dedicated staff and one that believes in the welfare of young people, particularly girls. Since countries are used to projects, and all that they imply in financial rewards, it was difficult to see the programme as an integral part of the public service and not as a special project. Those countries that have overcome this hurdle have progressed very well towards the strengthening or full institutionalization of guidance and counselling in the education system. Although the programme seeks to collaborate with other agencies and relevant activities, there is still some reluctance to co-operate in a few countries. The national persons responsible are working on this issue. Despite the efforts to use cost effective approaches in the preparation and implementation of the programme, there is need for many more resources to meet the cost of materials development and personnel training.
The growing recognition of the fact that large numbers of young people between the ages of 12 and 21 are ill prepared for adulthood or to face the rising social and economic problems, has increased the demand for the programme. Everyone is waiting impatiently to see the establishment of the Regional Centre in Malawi so that modern technology can be put in place to improve communication and cooperation among the participating countries. The call is for everyone to join hands and work with young people and to help them to build a better world for themselves and others.
Participants in the Pan African Conference on the Education of Girls-Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 1993