By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – While the nation patiently holds its breath for the official launching of the A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition to release its official manifesto on March 04, sources have confirmed that the coalition may also be launching a manifesto aimed directly at Guyana’s youth populace.
According to a source, the draft proposal is yet to be confirmed but it features a slew of proposals that are aimed at boosting youth employment, youth morale, education and training.
One of the proposals in the manifesto spoke directly of employment and proposes that a Special Youth Fund is created to finance individual and group youth enterprises with the unique features of a Technical Support Unit and Monitoring/Mentorship Program. This would be done in collaboration with Guyana’s Private Sector and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
It would also suggest the provision of avenues for receiving training abroad since the APNU considers it necessary for the development of young professionals and a complete review of all existing youth programmes with a view to identifying their level of operation and making them relevant and responsive to youths.’
iNews’ source also pointed out that the coalition intends to create lasting bonds that link the youth to the development of Guyana by ensuring that our youth receives the skills, knowledge and competencies whilst actively participating in building the national, political, social and economic construct.
The move by the coalition to launch a youth manifesto is being seen by many as strategic since a large percentage of Guyana’s population is still in youth.