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State Minister for Education, Youth and Culture, Dr. Donald Rhodd has said that the National Strategic Plan for Youth Development, which will be driven by the National Youth Policy, will seek to respond to the needs of the youth population in a well-coordinated and comprehensive manner.
Dr. Rhodd, who was making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 28), said the Plan, which has been completed and was to be sent to Cabinet for assessment, identified a number of critical actions, which must be pursued in the critical areas of education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health, participation and empowerment, care and protection and the living environment.
A steering committee comprising members from both sides of the House, inclusive of a member of the Cabinet, as well as a member of the private sector has been established by the Ministry to review, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Plan.
“Preliminary economic analysis shows that the net cost of not implementing the National Strategic Plan for Youth Development over the next five years will amount to over $70 billion,” Dr. Rhodd pointed out, adding, “Jamaica cannot afford the economic cost of not implementing it. The economic benefits for implementing the plan are tremendous and will greatly increase economic growth”.
Expressing gratitude to all the stakeholders, particularly the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Dr. Rhodd said with the National Youth Policy and the Plan, provided a solid, safe and secure youth development structure. The National Youth Policy was tabled in the House yesterday.