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Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, has challenged the older generation, to take a more proactive role in shaping and nurturing the youth, who will one day become the leaders of the society.
Professor Hall, who was speaking at a civic function held at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville recently, noted that the “transitional generation of the 1960’s had an excellent opportunity to further contribute to nation building”, by helping to prepare the younger generation for leadership.
“We must seek to dispel the cynicism that has engulfed them (the youth) and to imbue and inspire them to hone their skills and channel their talents into productive endeavours and into service to their community and nation,” he said.
His Excellency noted that while at first, the “now generation” may appear to be quite radical and different, given the 21st Century passion for branding and instant gratification, most still had the same goals as previous generations of Jamaicans, who, fuelled by the hopes and possibilities of independence, were “inspired to create an enabling environment in which future Jamaicans can fashion a just society.” “They want strong leadership, a crime free society, economic stability, enlargement of individuals rights and a society in which freedom and justice become the standard bearers of ethics and morality in public life. Yes, our young people are achieving in the classrooms and in sports; let us do our part to nurture their talents,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Professor Hall and his wife, Her Excellency Rheima Hall, toured the Wigton wind farm in Southern Manchester and a greenhouse agricultural project in the Devon community.