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Contact:  Adhara King


Thursday 14 April 2011  Addressing the nation during the annual Throne Speech which precedes the budget presentation, Governor General of Saint Lucia, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy announced a new government initiative targeted at youth.


Young people account for 70 per cent of population, Dame Pearlette says, therefore any development strategy must ensure that the needs of that sector are specifically catered for.


“My Government believes that such approaches should not only be restricted to creating employment and to building  facilities for the youth to expend their energies, but should specifically cater for their full inclusion and participation in the development process.”


Unfortunately, Dame Pearlette says, Saint Lucia has witnessed a decline over the years in youth organizations and uniformed groups such as Scouts, Guides, and other similar organizations. 


“My government will therefore embark during this term, on a new programme called the 'Sign Up' initiative to galvanise young people into participating in the development process.”


Sign up, Her Excellency explained, will “seek to energise and inspire them [young persons] to do service to their peers, their communities, their churches, the environment and society by joining existing youth-oriented organizations, and where necessary, by revitalizing or forming such groups in order to serve a pertinent need.”

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