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Survey launched to prepare Jamaican youth for world

Published:Monday | March 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), the hub for all youth-related issues, will be rolling out a national survey to provide a holistic profile on youth across the island.

The survey, which is to capture key areas related to youth of Jamaica, as well as to unearth new areas, will target persons between ages 15 and 24 years.

Speaking during the launch and contract signing on Friday at the Hilton Kingston hotel in New Kingston, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange said young people are critical resources that must be marshalled and utilised in the country's effort towards national development.

Survey after nine months

"Despite the challenging circumstances that are evident, we acknowledge that Jamaica has made significant progress in various human development areas. We take quite seriously the need to ensure that this critical group of our young people are well prepared to participate in a more globalised world," she said.

She added that the survey, which will be undertaken over the next nine months, would provide the Government with primary data leading to a complete set of data for youth-development programmes.

The minister urged the youth, including students from schools across the Corporate Area, to participate in the activity, which is directed at improving their lives.

"This project is for you, and I want you to work with us. The information that we will gather will allow us to better plan, not so much for you, but to plan with you for your holistic development," she said.

"We encourage you to commit some time to participate in the project," Grange added.

The youth-development project, which costs $43 million, is being financed under a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank.

The NCYD, the youth division of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, promotes the empowerment of youth and advocates for public investment in young people.

The centre's work is focused around the need for an effective public policy framework to support the transition from childhood to adulthood and into productive adults.