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Nothing happening for youth


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My favourite calypsonian Red Plastic Bag sang a few years ago in one of his calypsos – Something is Happening.
But these days, when it comes to work and when it comes to some young people “nothing is happening”.
This was recently confirmed by a survey conducted by the University of the West Indies. It revealed that nearly a quarter of Barbados’ adult population does not want to work.
It is rather interesting that a whopping 30 per cent of the youth who were voluntarily unemployed simply “did not want to work” with some of their reasons being unattractive wages, unsuitable employment and a preference for freedom and leisure.
“Potential entrants are disinclined to enter employment as the wages are not attractive enough or they consider the type of work available to be below them.”
Most of those reasons I do not agree with, for wages will never be attractive enough wherever one goes.
In 1966, when I joined the teaching service, I was paid $88 a month. But these days, I will spend that same amount in a few seconds.
The point is that I wanted work and was prepared to work in order that I could be in a position to support myself and help to assist my brothers and sisters.
One has to start somewhere and try to work oneself to the top. The question that must be asked is this: since they do not want to work, who are supporting them?  This is where the parents and grandparents have fallen down. When a child has passed school age, then that child should look for work and its own maintenance!
It must be noted that the surveyed suggested that a preference for freedom from stress and a desire to spend more time with families. What a thought! Are those “the voluntarily idle” aware that whoever are supporting them will die some day and their support will come to an end?
Concert
The Barbados Diocesan Church Army will be holding their Annual Concert on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. at the St Paul’s Anglican Church, Bay Street, St Michael.
Service of thanksgiving
A service of thanksgiving will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the St Augustine Anglican Church, Market Hill, St George for Father Lawrence Small. Father Small recently celebrated his 90th birthday. This column wishes Father Small God’s continued blessing in his ministry.
New rector
The Reverend Mary Graham has been appointed as the new Rector of St George’s, Cayman Island in the Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands. She is the daughter of Father Lawrence Small. This column wishes Rev. Graham all the best in her new ministry.
Annual fair
The St Philip-the-Less Anglican Church will hold its Annual Fair tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. at the Edna Nicholls School, Boscobel, St Peter. There will be food, drinks, jumping tents, video arcade, rides and many more. The public is invited.
Health fair
The St Augustine Anglican Church Health and Wellness Fair will be held on tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the St Augustine Church Grounds, Market Hill, St George. There will be free health checks and samples – blood sugar, blood pressure, and HIV testing, and Line Dancing. The public is invited.
 Thanksgiving service
The St Philip Moravian Fellowship is having its Harvest Thanksgiving service on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Princess Margaret Secondary School Hall, Six Roads, St Philip. The pastor is the Rev. Winston Jones.
Festival of Hymns
The Providence Methodist Church in Christ Church will be holding a Festival of Hymns on Sunday at 6 p.m. with the Wesley Singers.  The theme is O Sing Unto The Lord.  Admission is free.
Barbecue
St David’s Anglican Church will hold its annual barbecue tomorrow from 7:30 p.m. in the churchyard. There will be several door prizes.
Evening of sacred music
The Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church will host its 20th Annual Evening of Sacred Music under the distinguished patronage of Justice Dr Sonia Richards on April 7 at 4:30 p.m, at the Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church, St Michael.
The line-up includes the Barbados Defence Force Band, The Whitepark Quartet, Harrison College?Strong Quartet and The Central Bank of Barbados Chorale. Tickets are on sale and the public is invited.Concert
The Uplift International Barbados will hold a fundraising concert entitled With Hands Lifted Up Lord on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Collymore Rock Church of the Nazarene, Collymore Rock, St?Michael.

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