Georgetown, Guyana – (September 26, 2016) The Office of the Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment in collaboration with the Department of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ministry of Education, hosted its sixth Youth Leadership Training Programme over the past two weekends at the Madewini Training Centre.

A total of 76 youths from Barima-Waini (Region One), Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two), Essequibo Islands- West Demerara (Region Three), Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four), Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five), East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) and Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) took part in the programme. They were taught leadership, management and the management process, communication, public speaking and problem solving and decision making skills. Additionally, the participants were engaged in practical work to develop their leadership skills.

Minister of Citizenship, Mr. Winston Felix, who delivered the feature address at the closing ceremony, encouraged the participants to cherish the knowledge they received at this training programme.

This sixth Leadership Training Programme also featured a ‘Mock Youth Parliament’ where young participants engaged in a practical session, where they learned about parliamentary language and procedures. During this activity, the young participants debated various motions on topics such as teenage pregnancy, school dropouts, dance hall music and its connection to crime and abortion.

This programme is one in a series, which is consistent with the fourth strategic area of the National Youth Policy of Guyana. In the National Youth Policy, the Government of Guyana gave its expressed commitment to develop youth leaders and expose them to systems of leadership.

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