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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Wednesday, August 17, 2011 – Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable  Stephenson King  recently expressed profound concern for the future of the young who have left school  yet are  deemed  unemployable by virtue of the fact that they are semi-literate.


The prime minister spoke in the context of the high unemployment rates that confronts the island and the youth in particular. He says these are the young persons he particularly encourages to join service clubs which can assist in continuing one's personal development.


The Prime Minister says under the “Sign Up programme for youth”, government wants to equip the service clubs to assist such vulnerable young persons.  “I am very, very concerned about the group that many consider are unemployable. This group includes young men and women who although they have gone to school leave the system functional literate.  We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that all our children leave school with the ability to read and write. This is where a programme like 'Sign Up becomes critical'.


The prime minister appealed to the youth to take advantage of all opportunities to empower themselves.


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