Invest in developing our youth

Published: Wednesday | December 11, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Far too many young, educated, and talented Jamaicans have lost hope. This hopelessness stems from several factors: our nation is constantly accruing debt, corruption has invaded every sector of our society, and most of us are unable to keep up with the cost of living.

Our leaders have proposed solutions to national problems. However, the effects seem a far way in coming. The truth of the matter is that our youth are underrated and oftentimes short-changed.

I recently participated in a community project on Jacques Road, a reputed 'bad man' area. Now, I am not saying all their residents are innocent, but the level of interest shown in the juice-making workshop, as well as their musical talent, blew my mind.

Our leaders need to meaningfully invest in developing our youth, otherwise their talents will continue to be put to illegal practice.

labelled as idlers

Far too often, young men, in particular, are labelled as idlers and 'krufs', but the truth is, they are hungry for information and opportunities to better themselves.

We can agree that a solid education is important for personal and national development. Ironically, in Jamaica, there are many of us who hear, "We are sorry, but you are overqualified for this job."

While our ministers of government insist on pushing entrepreneurship, this can only be effective if, as a nation, we significantly reduce our import levels, and increase the use of our own human resources, products and services.

Our leaders need to truly assess Jamaica's current situation. While few live a flamboyant lifestyle, there are many who have to kill (literally) to supply their basic need for food.

KERRY-ANN CURTIS

kerryanncurtis@gmail.com

Kingston 20

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