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Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller said that the government would consider the recommendations from yesterday’s (Nov. 6) National Youth Parliament, as it seeks to implement programmes and policies for the youth.
“I look forward to receiving the recommendations from your deliberations for consideration by the government, as it makes plans on your behalf and in your interest,” she said.
The more than 50 young representatives from various institutions gathered at Gordon House to debate and put forward recommendations for averting the challenges posed by poverty, drug use among youth, and the lack of sustained employment opportunities for out-of-school young adults.
Among the recommendations posited by the young parliamentarians are: that the honour of National Hero be bestowed on Louise Bennett Coverley, Robert Marley and late former Prime Minister, Michael Manley and for a ban to be placed on hardcore pornography accessed through some local cable stations, on the grounds that some minors were accessing these programmes.
The Prime Minister, in a speech delivered by Youth Speaker of the House, Keitho Nembhard, charged the youth leaders to encourage their peers to remain focused on the path to success.
Speaking against the background of a recent national survey on drug use, which highlighted new and early patterns of drug use among youngsters, Mrs. Simpson Miller said that “while I acknowledge that there have been many changes in our society, which have had a negative impact on our young, I am encouraging you as youth leaders .to join in the spread of a clear message to our young people.to remain focused and not become distracted by easy options for short term success”.
She noted that while the more conventional and wholesome lifestyle attributes were less glamorous and at times more difficult, if they were pursued in earnest, “they would prove far more uplifting and rewarding.”
The Prime Minister said that such a path would better prepare the nation’s youth to take on leadership roles to create the kind of future they want to see for Jamaica.
“As youth leaders, you can make a difference. Express your concerns.do not be afraid to say that an action of someone is improper and suggest how the situation can be improved.let the change start with you,” the Prime Minister implored.
The fourth annual Youth Parliament was held under the theme: ‘Aspire today inspire tomorrow’.