Youth programmes will absorb sizeable  portion of Social Cohesion 2018 budget- Dr. Norton

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Minister of Social Cohesion with the responsibility of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. George Norton, today, in his budget presentation explained that the ministry’s vision for youth is to “unite, educate, train and involve them in the country’s decision-making process.”

Minister of Social Cohesion with the responsibility of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. George Norton.

“The Ministry wants to meaningfully contribute to the development of a youthful population, who are politically, economically and socially empowered,” Dr. Norton said.

Next year, Youth programmes will absorb over $1B of the Ministry’s 2018 Budget.

“Programmes such as the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED), the Hinterland Youth Innovative Project of Guyana (HYIPOG), Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programme (YEST) to name a few will continue.” Dr. Norton explained.

He added, “An assessment of the effectiveness of these programmes will be undertaken to ensure that they complement and support other technical vocational and entrepreneurial programmes in order to ensure value is added to the programmes of the Ministry.”

Minister Norton emphasised that youth empowerment is critical for the Ministry since it represents the agents of transition, change and transformation.

As such the Ministry will facilitate participation in Youth Innovation Projects, Peer Mentorship, Civic Engagement and Social Dialogue, to ensure that youth play their role in promoting cohesion in the country.


By: Crystal Stoll


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