THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROCESS OF THE FEDERAL YOUTH POLICY HIGHLIGHTED AT SPECIAL SITTING OF PARLIAMENT

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 11, 2016 (SKNIS): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Honourable Shawn Richards, took the opportunity to highlight the significance of the process that is currently being undertaken in relation to the Federal Youth Policy at the 25 Most Remarkable Teens awards on November 10, 2016, in the National Assembly.

The policy has been under construction for over 15 years, the youth minister explained, and will finally be tabled currently with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat and UNESCO, along with a core group of stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis, is engaged with a resident Commonwealth Consultant to ensure the movement of this important document to completion.

“We do want to ensure that this policy represents the views, thoughts and aspirations of the entire nation of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Minister Richards. “As such, we will be comprehensively engaging all citizens in the discussion.”

Minister Richards said that this policy will mainstream youth work within the planning policy and projects of both the government and the private sector.

“Thus by you making your contribution to this policy we can design a future that embraces tomorrow’s leaders, which are our young people of today,” said the minister.

The youth minister said that it is the government’s target to table the policy within the House soon and design and implement the appropriate strategic plan which will place the important work of developing youth at the forefront of national development.

“I wish to commend the diligence and fervour which the special advisor within the Ministry of Youth, Mr. Vernon Connor brings to this critical process,” said Minister Richards.