(DPI) Young people from across Regions Three, Four, Five and Six today benefited from a youth conference organised by the Community Policing Group (CPG), held at the Mahaicony Community Ground. The meeting forms part of the CPG’s 42nd anniversary celebrations.
During the conference youths were educated on the role they can play in reducing violence and crime in various communities; anger management and conflict resolution, career guidance and gender-based violence.
Minster Ramjattan also made reference to findings in two recent surveys conducted in Guyana – the Household Drug Prevalence Survey and the Secondary School Drug Prevalence Survey which he described as a troubling situation.
“It was startling the findings of these two reports. Young people at the age of 11 smoking cigarettes, smoking cannabis and marijuana and even indulging in ecstasy… now that we are getting the results from these surveys and findings, we have to target our young people,” the minister stated.
The minister advised the participants to ensure they seize every opportunity to be educated noting that it has more benefits than a life of crime.
“What lasts and what makes your society a better society is when you pick up your books, when you read when you become a professional. Whether it is a lawyer, doctor or even a mechanic or a professional in the sense of being a farmer that knows how to do farming or livestock, whatever it is, all of these matter because you will be providing a legitimate service to your society and you will be a unit in the population that is going to ensure that we live the happy life that all of us want,” Minister Ramjattan explained.
He concluded by encouraging the participants to share the knowledge, which they have would have gained from the conference, with others in their respective communities.The Public Security Minister also called on parents to play a more integral role in the lives of their children. He asked that parents reacquaint themselves with the practice of purchasing books for their children to read. Minister Ramjattan reminded that “better readers make better leaders”.
The conference is part of the Ministry of Public Security’s Citizen Security Strengthening Project (CSSP), a $3B five-year programme which has three components and is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. The conference falls under component one ‘Community Crime & Violence Prevention’.
This component will undertake preventative strategies to reduce crime and violence in 20 targeted communities across five administrative regions. The communities include Buxton and Friendship and Vigilance, Vreed-en-Hoop and Westminster, Albouystown, Charlestown, Sophia, South Ruimveldt Park and Gardens and North Ruimveldt, Alberttown and South Cummingsburg, Kingston and Lacytown, La Penitence and West Ruimveldt, Agricola and McDoom, Mocha and Providence, Annadale and Lusignan, Wismar, Angoy’s Avenue, Rosignol, Enmore and Haslington, Friendship and Kildonan, Albion and Fryish, Port Mourant and Rosehall and Adelphi Village and Canefield.