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Sociologist: Give youth a break

Hallam Hope

Sociologist: Give youth a break
Sociologist Dr Lisa Jaggernauth (left) making a point as Christ Church West MP Dr William Duguid listens during the panel discussion on issues facing young people in Barbados. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

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Entrepreneurship, finance and business training should be on the curriculum of all schools, starting at the primary level.

The recommendation was made Dr Lisa Jaggernauth, a University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer in social work and sociology, during a panel discussion on Sunday organised by the Christ Church West branch of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which she heads.

“We need more entrepreneurship opportunities,” she told a packed hall at St Matthias Anglican Church in Hastings. “Our delivery method of education needs to change.”

The discussion on the topic Youth And Crime was the final in a series of town hall meetings under the theme Engage, Educate And Empower.

Jaggernauth was joined by Magistrate Graveney Bannister in noting that while fewer cases were being heard in juvenile court, more of them were of an aggravated nature.

Presenting data from a 2016 study she conducted, she called for a “national system that allows for more timely transition to the workforce” that would address apprenticeships and job placements. (HH)

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