JIS News

November is being celebrated as Youth Month and this provides an opportunity for focus to be placed on young people, and the issues that affect them.
The theme for the month is: ‘Jamaica’s Youth Shaping the World’ and special recognition will be given to young people, who have contributed significantly to nation building through community service, sport, agriculture, culture, academia and entrepreneurship, among other areas.
In addition to the National Youth Parliament, which took place recently at Gordon House, activities endorsed by the Youth Division of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture include a National Sports Day for Youth on November 12 at G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine.
Executive Director of the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), Ohene Blake, said that a number of youth organizations that fall under the purview of the National Youth Council would be participating in the day’s activities, which began at 10:00 a.m.
A number of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years will be participating in football, netball, basketball, blind cricket, and track events.
Other national activities planned for the month include International Students’ Day on November 17 at the Montego Bay Community College; the annual general meeting and election of the National Youth Council, to be held at the Northern Caribbean University on November 20; and the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards on December 4.
The recognition and development of the youth, Mr. Blake noted, was an integral part of the National Youth Policy, which “sets the framework for consistent, positive youth development in a structured fashion.”
The policy focuses on six areas integral to the holistic development of the youth. These comprise youth empowerment and participation, education and training, health, the living environment, care and protection, and employment and entrepreneurship.
Approved by Cabinet in 2004, the policy will be implemented over a five-year period with the aim of achieving sustained youth development in the identified areas.