Too much talk and no action

One social worker is pleading with Government to implement programmes that benefit the youth in order to keep them out of trouble.

Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Counselling for Personal Development (SCPD) Shawn Clarke said the authorities promise much, but deliver little, leaving young Barbadians free to fall to the temptation to get involved in crime.

“We talk and we say we have this policy in place. We’re putting this piece of legislation in place. We’re doing all kinda things and then years pass and we never do anything,” Clarke said in a comment on the rising crime involving the youth, some as young as 16.

“I find that we have the kind of mentality that when it is hot, we get on it but as soon as the stove is turned off and it seems to have settled down a bit, we forget about that and jump on the next hot thing,” the counsellor said.

Clarke told Barbados TODAY the talk-shop mentality had to be discarded and the mechanisms and programmes needed to help young people, put in place.

“We need to put legislation and the necessary policies in place [and] we have to let them know there are consequences for their action whether good or bad. We need to stop talking and we need to become a community of doers.

“In order for us to deal with what is happening; in order for us to curtail and pull back what is happening we need to become extremely proactive,” he suggested.

SCPD is a non-profit focusing in on crisis intervention, with special emphasis on persons experiencing substance abuse, family and behavioural problems and other issues that may arise within the community.

Clarke revealed there was an increasing number of troubled young people who need intervention, many of whom were looking for “quick fixes”.

“We have to try everything humanly possible to pull them back. The unfortunate reality is that things that are negative seem much more attractive and easier to accomplish and that is what our young people want . . . a lot of quick fixes. They don’t want to spend time studying and working for what they want.

“In addition, we have a follow pattern thing going on with our young people as well. They are not necessarily leaders, we have a lot of followers. If one person starts something, it becomes the ‘in thing’ and everybody wants to get involved with it,” he said.

The youth counsellor added that too many young people lacked the capacity to be empathetic, nor did they value life.

“They can’t think and rationalize that ‘even if I go and shoot John Doe, it does not only affect John’s family, it is not them alone that suffers from the ordeal’. Your family will suffer as well ‘because sooner or later I am going to be caught either by the law alive or dead so my family also suffers from my actions’.

“We need to teach our young people to think. Critical thinking is so important and I think a lot of our young people are not critical thinkers they are followers and because they want to fit in and they want to belong they are getting involved in all of the wrong things,” Clarke charged.

The community activist said a dramatic drop in the number of youth and community groups and programmes had a negative impact on young people, who did not have as many activities to engage their time as was the case in the past.

As a result, he said, the idle hands somehow ended up following the wrong crowd and engaging in mischief.

“Until we return to a serious community life, until families realize that they have a very important role to play in the rearing of children whether the children are theirs or their neighbours
. . . until we realize that teaching our children essential skills both in schools and in the community, we will always continue to have the problems that we are having,” Clarke said.

6 Responses to Too much talk and no action

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 12, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Yip that is how Barbados works.

  2. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome August 12, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Lady you ain’t know it’s a Talk Show!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Like when a Blind friend say to a deaf friend…” I’ll see you later”!!!

  4. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

    We have the problems we have today because we are not running our own show….. Everything that is in our community is thought out by others who are on a different level to the majority….If we were a tribe, everyone is called to take part in talks but we are in a democracy where there are Leaders who decide the fate of the people and those Leaders are NOT in the same boat as the masses, so you can only expect all the talk whilst Rome is burning, they dont care about us, they care about OUR MONEY !! SIMPLE

  5. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The 1-5% can affect the 95%….They have the money so they call the shots….. This is the white man’s democracy that we had NO CHOICE in joining and look how they got our lives. Most in Barbados dont even have the power to speak, cos they dont want to hear !!

    Create your own system cos this one is definitely taking us to rack and ruin

  6. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I have to say, even this media is controlled, certain words you type on here is picked up and checked…. with “Your comment is awaiting moderation” All the important things you try to get across to people is denied, we are still controlled just like in slavery…..


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