Govt committed to Youth Capacity Building

– 46 youths graduate from CSSP

– encouraged to continuously develop themselves

DPI, Guyana, Friday, October 26, 2018

Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan today reiterated the government’s commitment to building the capacity of the nation’s youths.

The Minister was at the time delivering the feature address at the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme’s (CSSP) graduation ceremony at the Vryman’s Erven Training Centre in New Amsterdam, Berbice.

Minister Ramjattan said the government will work tirelessly to provide developmental opportunities for youths.

“We will not overlook the young people who are struggling and we will work even harder to provide services to eradicate the bad developments that we have by educating and training the young people across Guyana,” he stated.

The Public Security Minister underscored the importance of vocational skills training programmes, as they provide an avenue for young people to be gainfully occupied noting that “law enforcement alone will not secure us a community and as a country.”

“It is designed to address the at-risk youths within the communities and the helping through this programme to reduce the contributing factors for crime and violence among our young people.”

Minister Ramjattan urged the graduates to further develop themselves in the field of their choice by making “every effort to excel” and reminded them that “this is only the beginning.”

Acting Supervisor of the Vryman’s Erven Training Centre, Cleveland Rose assured that they will “continue to work effortlessly to shape young people. Rose also reminded the graduates that “education is the passport to the future for those who prepare for it today.”

The programme which commenced in March 2018 saw 46 youths graduating in the areas of General Cosmetology and Data Operations. There were awards for Most Improved Student and Best Student for both courses.

The programme was designed to equip young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five with skills which will help them become “resilient to crime”. It was birthed in 2008 and is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank through the Ministry of Public and is in collaboration with the Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Anara Khan

Images: Jameel Mohamed

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