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Unemployment stifling our youth

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2011 | 12:00 AM


I am a 20-year-old who is grappling with one of the most severe problems that Jamaica is facing right now - UNEMPLOYMENT. This is a major contributor to crime. As I see it, the problems faced in our world seem to be links in a great chain. However, in my estimation, unemployment seems to be the greatest of all.

Unemployment is something that needs to be revisited by our nation's leaders because it is a sore that is being allowed to spread all over our island. This view is shared by many other young Jamaicans who have a positive mindset but have found themselves in the same situation I have found myself in. How are we going to be able to further educate ourselves if we are not being afforded the opportunity to work and save towards it? The reality is that not all of us will be able to access student loan or will be able to depend on our parents or family members to support us through tertiary education.

'Nah buss nuh gun'

The majority of our youth fall prey to crime and violence due to unemployment. A popular saying says 'an idle mind is the devil's workshop'. Sitting down and talking won't solve this problem. We need to do something about it right now. I am one Jamaican youth who pledges that "mi nah buss nuh gun, nah rob nuh body". What I am going to do, though, is use my writing skills to constantly remind the Government that there are struggling youths like myself out there who want to make a positive impact on the society but are not being afforded that chance due to unemployment and poverty. Give us a chance to show our worth and don't restrict us because of where we are from or what we have beside our names. Thanks in advance.

I am, etc.,

Johnoy Davis

Mavis Bank

St Andrew