Dems message for youth

On Monday Barbadians will get a peek into the plans the Democratic Labour Party has for the island’s youth.

They are expected to be revealed in a panel discussion that will be staged by the Young Democrats at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imaginationat the Cave Hill campus at 7 p.m..

President of the Young Democrats, Andre Worrell, made this disclosure today while addressing members of the Press at party headquarters, George Street, St. Michael.

Worrell pointed out that the participants would be looking at areas of the party’s manifesto and the National Youth Policy, which deal with moving the country forward at this time of economic recession.

He added that the panellists would be looking at such topics as the Green Economy, the Blue Economy, the Creative Industries, Entrepreneurship and the National Youth Policy.

“The reason why we thought it important to do this, and possibly the first time being done by the youth arm of a political organisation, we have recognised that this election is a very important and critical election. We have noticed and are hearing the feedback from young people that they want to hear more from parties on what are their plans and solutions in order to take Barbados forward and to move Barbados out of the economic crisis,” Worrell explained.

The president maintained that the DLP had identified and begun to work on such policies.

He said the Young Democrats wanted to talk with young people and bring the programme to them.

Awareness and understanding of the policies were important if the country is to go forward, Worrell suggested.

He pointed out that among the presenters would be the Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, who will speak on the Creative Industry; Minister of Health Donville Inniss, who will address entrepreneurship; Verla DePeiza, who will speak on the blue economy; while Rhonnelle Smith of the National Youth Policy Committee would lead discussion what is in it for the youth of Barbados. St. James North candidate, Harry Husbands, who will present on the role of the youth and how they can be engaged.

Worrell extended an invitation to the youth so that they could become familiar with what government was doing on their behalf.

In her presentation, Vice-President of the Young Democrats, Rhonnelle Smith, noted that the administration had engaged in consultations on a national youth policy since 2009.

Smith pointed out that there was wide consultation with a wide cross section of Barbadian communities.

She noted that several young people were amazed that they were asked to participate in the discussions and they expressed a desire to be part of the solutions. (NC)

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