UNDER the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Citizen Security Programme (CSP), youth life skills/vocational training programme, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), another batch of youths graduated in 11 different categories of vocational training.
The graduation ceremony attracted a full audience, and it was dubbed the largest. It was held at the Christian Victory Mission, Company Road, Buxton, East Coast Demerara.
The training programme commenced on October 4, 2010, with 93
students, however 87 completed the programme.
Buxton/Friendship Community Action Officer Margaret Barnes, in her address, said that the six months of training were challenging, nevertheless, perseverance from the students pulled off a successful programme.
She added that the participants and the community on the whole have benefited tremendously, and they have expressed interest in seeking jobs and furthering their studies.
Delivering the charge, Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, said that the skills the youths acquired are in demand in various countries.
He alluded to Guyana’s emerging economy and the developments in the various sectors, noting that citizens’ contributions are vital to the development process.
The minister charged the youths to continue to contribute to their community and to the country.
Community Action Specialist, Rosanne Purnwasie, remarked that the ultimate purpose of the programme is to lower crime in 10 targeted communities.
She said that the initiative is structured so as to attract school drop-outs between the ages of 15 and 20, so as to provide them with the opportunity to learn a trade and at the same time engage them in meaningful activities.
The graduates were awarded with certificates in various programmes, including cosmetology, data entry, computer training, joinery, cake decoration, masonry, electrical installation, child care, food preparation and baking.
The graduates expressed gratitude to the government for affording them the opportunity to acquire the skills.