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KINGSTON — The study on adolescent dislocation in the island has been allotted $12.9 million in the 2011/2012 Estimates of expenditure, which were tabled in the House of Representatives on April 14.

The project seeks to deepen the understanding of the causes and characteristics of adolescent dislocation in the Jamaican context, using a gender perspective. The project, which was slated to begin in December 2010, also seeks to: analyze the socio-economic cost of not responding to youth at-risk; look at schooling needs; and give policy and pragmatic recommendations.

During the fiscal year, the first draft study of the consultancy report is to be completed, published and disseminated. A final report is also to be done.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing the majority of the funding of $10.7 million for the project, which is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), an agency of the Office of the Prime Minister.

 

By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter