In the mid 90s, a program called the Social Agenda was developed and was never implemented. The program at the time had two basic goals
- To reduce poverty
- To empower two main groups; Youth at Risk; Communities
The updated program could look at a revised civics curriculum in schools which identifies “the ideal Jamaican” as the main aim. The ideal Jamaican would be someone who epitomizes
…as typical behaviors
The program which was initially created as a public education program could add the educational element for schools, and over the next three to five years, could begin to curb some of the social ills we currently face in our society. The Social Agenda, with its renewed thrust, could be a subset of Vision 2030. Go to www.pioj.gov.jm for more details.
The objectives are clear:
- to communicate Government’s determination to address the social problems of the nation
- to educate members of the public of the various services available for support for persons considered to be a part of the poverty group
- to educate the public on practical approaches to promoting health, community development, a wholesome environment and the development of the nation’s children
- to provide progress reports on the implementation of the program to show trends, growth and the areas that may need to be readdressed
I would therefore like you to consider a Ministry of Education, Youth and Social Development to incorporate the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the National Youth Service (NYS) as the main agencies. Why Education? Because they can continue to focus on the formal process of which Compulsory Education MUST be considered. If we can create a five-year plan with a determined focus on this, we can achieve social growth that will ease the ills we currently face.
There are key roles for Government and Private Sector to offer employment to the skilled set from these groups with an attendant compulsory employment program.
Let’s do this and save Jamaica. #OneLove