vulnerable youth in Guyana has been overlooked

Youth Activist and Human Rights Coordinator of SASOD Kobe Smith explained that for years, the development of vulnerable youth in Guyana has been overlooked, especially since these key groups are often talked about at forums and engagements with policy makers. Mr. Smith told The Guyana Ledger, that policy makers must first understand that there are different elements to the term ‘youth’ and as such, each group should be dealt with differently in order to initiate positive development.During the interview, he highlighted that youth suffered negatively during the COVID-19 pandemic. He highlighted that government should take into consideration the negative impact the pandemic has had on the youth populace. “We don’t understand that there are multiple groups of youth in Guyana and with the COVID-19 pandemic, we had restrictions to working hour and in some case people lost their jobs, their working hours reduced and the ability to earn.” Smith said. He further suggested that the current administration look at ways to address the issue of inequality and poverty among youth. While highlighting the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community, reiterated the view that there are different facets of youth who have different realities and need and as such proper consultation moving forward is needed.

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