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Youth in special day march

 As part of efforts to mark International Youth Day, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) staged a parade at the National Stadium this morning.

This year’s event was held under the theme Youth Civic Engagement.

Children carrying placards lobbying for children’s rights.

Children carrying placards lobbying for children’s rights.

In delivering brief remarks, CPDC chairman Rodney Grant said one of the main objective was to ensure the majority of young people “had a voice” and that they spoke out.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley, who was also present for the event, called for young people to become more involved in youth development.

Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley  speaking with a group of children.

Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley speaking with a group of children.

“After all, the issues that impact our society can only be solved by having you at the centre and the forefront in tackling the issues that we have to tackle,” he said.The minister also spoke out about the rising gang and gun violence within our communities and urged those present to join in the fight to eradicate the two troubling developments.

“I want to elicit all of the support of the young people gathered here today to join with us in renouncing this very negative development of gun violence that has afflicted some of our communities,” Lashley urged.

“We have to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to gun violence . . . . We have to find a way to sensitize [the offenders] that that is not the way.”

The very youngest taking to the track.

The very youngest taking to the track.

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