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Lashley: Youth policy a pledge fulfilled

Lashley: Youth policy a pledge fulfilled Minister Stephen Lashley. (FP)

Wed, October 17, 2012 - 12:06 AM

The National Youth Policy came about, in part, because of “a rapidly developing bashment culture which saw Barbadian youths imitating alien and socially undesirable practices”.

Introducing the policy in to the House of Assembly yesterday, Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and Culture Stephen Lashley said that even before the present Government had taken office, the Democratic Labour Party had noted in its manifesto the rise of a bashment culture that saw youths emulating mores borrowed from alien cultures and fostering a value system based on what was convenient and pleasurable but socially undesirable.

Noting that it was clear, upon taking office, that the country needed to return to the traditions which had made Barbados the envy of the Caribbean, Lashley said the current policy was therefore the fulfillment of a solemn pledge made to the youth of Barbados.  

He emphasized that vital steps had been required to empower Barbadian youths, and that such empowerment could never be realized by “quick-fix, pie-in-the-sky” prescriptions.  

The only path to true youth empowerment, he added, was via consultation, mobilization of the youth and consistent programmes. (RJ)

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 11 months ago
If a "rapidly developing bashment culture" has not (and cannot) be been fixed in our homes, surely, one needs to re-examine the whole curriculum of our schools? I heard most of the hon. minister's speech, but was amazed that no reference was heard as to how our schools could adjust their programmes (including extra-curricular) to make up for evident deficiencies in turning out model citizens, who are also tailored to fill available jobs on joining the work-force. When we have seventeen-year olds graduating with socially un-acceptable "talents", it would be far better ( and cheaper, and more effective) to correct these tendencies sooner, rather than later. My family doctor has always treated the source of my medical problems, and never the symptom. I suggest hon.minister speak to equally hon. min. Education; wheel, and come again. With recent events in mind, I should add: assuming that they are on they are on speaking terms.

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