Draft National Youth Policy completed; to be sent to President, Education Minister

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Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and Presidential Advisor on Youth, Aubrey Norton. [iNews' Photo]
Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and Presidential Advisor on Youth, Aubrey Norton. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A draft National Youth Policy 2015 has been completed and a copy of it will soon be in the hands of President David Granger and Minister of Education Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, according to Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton.

Norton told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the completed draft was largely restructured and now reflects clearer policy objectives and that performance measures are included for every objective.

Norton said that once the policy is taken for analysis and endorsement to the higher level in the Government structure, the next step will be popularization of the document. He explained that following the buy-in from the public, more importantly the youth segment of the population, a National Youth Policy Action Plan is to be crafted for the implementation of the policy.

Norton explained that the intention is to engage the technical people to develop the clear Terms of Reference for this five year strategic action plan; 2016 to 2021.

The National Youth Policy 2015 is a comprehensive policy document that states the vision of the Government of Guyana (GOG) for the youths of the country, and also how this vision will be realised by the Government.

The Policy caters to the needs of the youths in the age-group of 15-35 years, which constitutes over 50 percent of the population.

It identifies the vision and the five key objectives that are further sub-divided into several priority areas for youth development. It further suggests policy imperatives that should be implemented in each of these identified priority areas.

The National Youth Policy 2015 seeks to achieve a nation, where all the young people are safe, healthy and in a society in which they have equal access to opportunities, can participate in public life, and are empowered to meaningfully contribute to Guyana’s sustainable, national development.

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