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. This is according to Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton.
Norton told the Government Information Agency (GINA) today that the completed draft was largely restructured. He said that it 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.
In their Manifesto for the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections, the A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition, now Government, had pledged to prioritise youth development. Among the promises was the timely convening of a National Youth Conference to push the Terms of Reference and programme of action for the long-awaited National Youth Policy and National Youth Policy Action Plan.
This conference, which was convened in early June, brought together youths from across the nation, in a working session that discussed a draft profiling of the ideal Guyanese youth, in addition to the National Youth Policy document. The conference was critical in arriving at the final document that is to be sent to President Granger and Minister Roopnaraine. (GINA)