Saturday 19 September, 2020

SLPYO: Youth should be included more in decision-making

Shermean Perpie, president of the SLPYO

Shermean Perpie, president of the SLPYO

The ethos of the International Youth Day 2020 theme is indicative of the St Lucia Labor Party Youth Organization's (SLPYO) philosophy.

That’s according to Shermean Perpie, president of the SLPYO, in an interview with Loop News.

The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is: “Youth Engagement for Global Action.”

According to Perpie, the SLPYO philosophy promotes inclusivity, encourages discourse and facilitates the participation of young people interested in contributing to the socio-economic development agenda for Saint Lucia.

“Regardless of the predetermined benefits or possible inadvertent consequences, the SLPYO believes holistic decision making by our leaders and policy makers can only come out of meaningful and transparent engagement with stake holders, the people and indeed the youth,” Perpie said.

According to her, naturally it will be the youth who will have to either endure austerity or build on the success of our predecessors.

Perpie said the youth of today will eventually replace the leaders of tomorrow.

“The SLPYO therefore appeals to the present-day mentors, guardians and rule-makers to afford young people an opportunity to participate, contribute and offer alternative perspective from energetic minds,” she said.

According to her, the SLPYO believes adopting a symbiotic approach between the youth and today’s leaders can restore and strengthen trust in national institutions and foster contemporary leadership that may not seem outmoded.

“It is in this regard, the SLPYO anticipates tangible changes on youth development from Hon. Phillip J. Pierre’s innovative proposal to develop a youth oriented socio-economic agenda for St. Lucia,” Perpie said.

“The SLPYO salutes Saint Lucia Youth who serve our country and those who pursue and continue to excel in academics, sports, arts and culture, entertainment, technology and other vocational and entrepreneurial endeavours,” she added.

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