Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

Minister Henry cites networking and partnership among institutions as pathway to successfully achieve Sustainable Development Goals – at Caribbean Youth Day symposium

The Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport in partnership with the Guyana National Youth Council today observed Caribbean Youth Day 2015 with a symposium. The event which was held at the National Library’s conference room focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It was held under the theme “Refocus, Reinvest, Reinforce: Youth Integration for a Stronger and Sustainable Caribbean.”

In her feature address, the Minister within the Ministry of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry posited that this year’s theme is set in the context of the United Nations” Post – 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which are currently being debated at the UN”s 70th General Assembly.
“It is an opportune time to continue educating the population about the seventeen (17) proposed goals and the 169 targets, and strengthen participation and inclusivity of everyone. The SDGs do not replace national goals and priorities rather the goals enhance and suggest coherent actions, strategies and policies to achieve national development,” she said.

Further, young people are at the heart of the national development, constituting approximately 60% of the population, and they have a key role to play in the entire process. With the right tools, young people can become the agents and leaders of development and peace in their communities. “Already we have seen groups of young people uniting to contribute to the growth and development of their countries and region in various ways simply because of our vision of the future,” the Minister added.

Minister Henry emphasized that while the alleviation of poverty, investment and resources remains a key concern to achieve the SDGs it is our belief that networking and partnership among institutions as well as refocusing, reinventing and reinforcing strategies can pave the path to development.
In this regard, The observation of Caribbean Youth Day seeks to facilitate organizations and individuals public commitment/adoption to any of the SDGs and target; incorporate the SDGs in current and future programmes and activities; increase collaborating and co-ordination to achieve the SDGs by merging of resources, tools and technique; bridge initiatives for youth and national development; and facilitate civil society organizations taking an initiative or lead role in addition to the traditional implementation, monitor and evaluation.
On this occasion, the Guyana National Youth Council will be celebrating its first year anniversary and will be using this opportunity to propose to the Government the adoption of 2016 as the year of the Guyanese Youth. This builds on the momentum of the incoming National Youth Policy and the Official National Youth Council. The year of the Guyanese Youth prioritizes youth development on the national agenda, this will also coincides with the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

In her presentation, Colette Hytmiah-Singh – UN Communications Analyst, explained that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally adopted on September 25th at the Sustainable Development Summit, and the UN believes that these global goals represent the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the world for the next 15 years.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon described the goals as “the people’s agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind.”

World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve three (3) extraordinary things in the next 15 years namely end extreme poverty; fight inequality & injustice; and fix climate change. This agenda builds on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted in 2000 and have resulted in enormous improvements around the world.

Hytmiah-Singh highlighted that the new agenda is universal, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development, and respecting national policies and priorities. They are not independent from each other – they need to be implemented in an integrated manner with more focus being placed on the mobilization of resources and the follow-up and review of the implementation of the goals.

Importantly, this agenda encompasses youth involvement and development. The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth has developed ‘Youth Gateway,’ a global youth partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals. The platform will offer a gateway for youth engagement in the expected 17 goals of the SDG and will provide various services to ensure that youth are playing an active role in translating the global development goals to reality. It will link together education, implementation and evaluation of the SDGs by youth and for youth.


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