CARICOM launches survey to assess state of youth development in region

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Resources and opportunities available for youth development in the region come under scrutiny as the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launches a Regional survey on the state of youth development ten years after the adoption of the CARICOM Youth Development Action Plan (CYDAP).

Scheduled for November 15, 2021, the survey will collect data on youth development challenges and the policies in place to enable them to thrive. It will also collect data on the opportunities available to young people for a good education, employment and entrepreneurship, as well as the factors that promote their health and well-being.

The large-scale survey also aims to collect data on young people’s knowledge of climate change and its impact on their sustainable economic development.

The data collected through the survey will inform the CYDAP update, which followed the benchmark Paramaribo Declaration on the Future of Youth in CARICOM, and Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development published in January 2010.

In 2006, the Conference of Heads of Government mandated the establishment of a CARICOM Commission on Youth Development to “undertake a large-scale analysis of the challenges and opportunities for young people in the unique market and economy. of the CARICOM (CSME).

Created in March 2007, the Commission made up of young leaders and technocrats, researched the state of youth in the region and prepared its report, “Looking to the future: investing in youth now for the community of tomorrow ”. The report was presented to a special summit of of CARICOM Heads of Government on Youth, held in Suriname in January 2010.

The Youth Commission called for young people to play a leading role in responding to the challenges of globalization and regional integration. The Commission also identified a role for governments in implementing programs and increasing investments in young people to mitigate their vulnerabilities.

To implement the main recommendations of the Paramaribo report and declaration, the CARICOM secretariat established a technical working group which coordinated a regional consultative process, which resulted in the Youth Development Action Plan. of CARICOM (CYDAP).

The Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD XXIII on Children and Youth), held in July 2012 in Guyana, endorsed the CYDAP, which is based on six CARICOM youth development goals, namely:

  1. Education and economic empowerment: Improve the quality of life and livelihoods for all adolescents and young people.
  2. Protection, Safety and Security: Enable the creation of protective environments to foster resilience and ensure the safety and security of adolescents and youth.
  3. Health and wellbeing: Improve the health and holistic well-being of adolescents and young people.
  4. Culture, Identity and Citizenship: Improve the development and appreciation of Caribbean culture and identity and commitment to regional integration.
  5. Political and institutional framework: Create the political and institutional environment and mechanisms to support the effective national and regional implementation of CYDAP.
  6. Leadership, participation and governance: Ensure and improve the participation of young people at all levels of decision-making, implementation and monitoring of programs.

In view of the current global, regional and national socio-economic challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Secretariat is reassessing the state of youth development in the Region across the Regional survey on the state of youth development.

In addition to informing the expansion and revision of the CYDAP to meet the development needs of young people in a more comprehensive manner, the survey data will also inform mechanisms to strengthen national and regional partnerships for youth development. .

The survey targets young people aged 10 to 29 from all Member States and Associate Members of CARICOM.

The survey can be accessed at this link: https://forms.gle/jvDJrfAUSm9fLkLy9

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