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Opposition Leader David Granger wants to see more opportunities being offered to Guyanese youths – 2nd Jan 2013

The Leader of the Opposition, David Granger wants 2013 to be a year when there will be a whole lot more focus on the youths of the Nation.

In his New Year’s Message, the PNC Leader declared 2013 as the Year of Guyana’s youth.

“ Guyana’s future, in the New Year – 2013 – lies, inescapably, in the hands of our youth. We must give them the best possible preparation to lead this nation forward. We should, therefore, resolve to make the New Year Guyana’s ‘Year for Youth.’
Young people today constitute seventy per cent of our prison population. They are the majority of our poor and unemployed. They are our street children and child labourers who are being robbed of a bright future. They deserve better.”

The Opposition Leader wants to see more opportunities being offered to the youths of the nation. Many of them are forced to leave these shores because the country is not providing enough for them, he noted.

Guyana’s ‘Year for Youth’ must be one in which our young people should be able to look forward to a good life. It should be one in which fewer of them become victims of crime or are forced to grow up in hunger, poverty, on the street or in jail.

Guyana’s ‘Year for Youth’ must be one in which our young people can be educated in well-equipped and well-staffed schools; in which the high rate of drop-outs from primary and secondary schools is reduced; in which young school-leavers can expect to be employed and in which the high rate of migration of educated graduates is lowered.

2013 must be the beginning of an era in which the education, employment and empowerment of young people are enhanced the Opposition Leader said. He wants to see a proper national youth policy that will examine and address the concerns of youths and the problems facing many of them.

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