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Jamaican youth leader demands greater youth inclusion in policy making at Caribbean meeting

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 4:52 PM

Jamaica’s youth leader with the Commonwealth Students Association (CSA) Kemoy Lindsay, has called for greater inclusion of youth in policy making as a regional meeting of youth ministers in Antigua ends today.

The Caribbean Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting brought together youth ministers from across the region to share best practices on youth policies from across the Commonwealth region.

Lindsay, the Caribbean Region's representative for the CSA, has argued for more focused and purposive effort to develop youth policies in every country in the region.

“Youth make up 64 per cent of the population in the Caribbean and therefore should be given their commensurate representation in decision making and nation building”, he argues.

Lindsay notes that the regional youth body has developed a declaration and submitted it to regional youth to, among other things develop policies to address youth unemployment, access to education.

The youth leader is also demanding the creation of stronger national youth councils that he says should operate independently of governments.

“There needs to be a greater degree of engagement of students in the Caribbean by supporting the necessary platforms for students to not only be consulted on decision making but also play a role in implementation and monitoring” said Lindsay.

Earlier this month, Jamaica’s Youth Minister, Lisa Hanna, speaking on The Gleaner’s online current affairs programme, On the Record, said the Cabinet approved a new youth policy that will be tabled within the next two months.

Hanna and the Permanent Secretary in her ministry represented the Jamaican government.