Youth Policy addresses unemployment

Georgetown, GINA, July 1, 2016

The long awaited Youth Policy that will deal specifically with the development of youth in Guyana was yesterday tabled in the National Assembly. The report was tabled by Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry.

Youth leadership and empowerment are among some of the priorities set out in the document. This will see the creation of leadership programmes that will allow many Guyanese youths to develop leadership skills.

Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment, Aubrey Norton, in a prior interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) had said that there would be a programme addressing youth leadership. Norton noted that over 60 youths would be trained in basic leadership skills.

Another priority of the youth policy is to ensure that youths are economically independent. Highlighted in the document are governance mechanisms to reduce unemployment.

One of the mechanisms is the establishment of a multi-stakeholder youth committee. This will oversee poverty reduction for youth through employment and entrepreneurship at the community, regional and national levels.

Training will also be done in literacy and numeracy, counseling and guidance and youth small business development, among other areas.

Minister of Finance Winston Jordan during his 2016 Budget presentation said that the government’s aim is to have youths who are qualified to fulfill career and vocational aspirations while enjoying their youth.

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