The Unity Labour Party Youth Manifesto 2015
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Education and training are central to young people’s development. Currently, in 2015, the ULP government has a recurrent expenditure budget of $123.4 million and $15 million in the capital budget on Education. (Capital Expenditure has tapered off after the 10-year high (2003 – 2013) in which new primary schools were built at Sandy Bay, Byera, and Bequia; new secondary schools were opened at Sandy Bay, Colonarie, West St. George, Richmond Hill, Intermediate High School (Kingstown), JP Eustace Memorial (Edinboro), Buccament Secondary School, Central Leeward Secondary School, Union Island Secondary School and several others were renovated/expanded. Additionally, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College was expanded hugely; the Kingstown Technical Institute was built, and so, too, the Modern Public Library. These budgeted recurrent and capital sums do not include the financing of the Economically-Disadvantaged Student Loan Programme for college/university students amounting to some $90 million, in the aggregate, since 2002 up to the present time.
In all there are some 32,100 or almost 30 percent of the total population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines who are engaged in formal education from three years old and upwards. This number excludes those who are in part-time Adult and Continuing Studies or are pursuing college/university/ professional training by Distance Education, while being otherwise employed. More than one-third of those in the 15 – 24 years range are attending school, mainly primary, secondary, post-secondary, and tertiary.
All of this emphasizes the centrality of Education and Training to the socio-economic strategy of the ULP government.
THE ULP ELECTION MANIFESTO 2015 CONTAINS ALL THE POLICIES, PROGRAMMES, AND PLANS OF THE ULP GOVERNMENT IN THE AREA OF EDUCATION.
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THE IDEAL CARIBBEAN PERSON
Young persons aspire to becoming the best they can possibly be; they look for an “ideal” at which standard they hope to arrive; metaphorically, they REACH FOR THE STARS!
The Draft Education Sector Development Plan, 2014 – 2019 posits a description of the “Ideal Caribbean Person” whom socialization, education, and training ought to fashion.
The Draft Education Sector Plan avers that: “The Ideal Caribbean person should be someone who, among other things:
We in the ULP make one vital addition. It is this:
“The Ideal Caribbean Person” ought daily to reaffirm his/her belief in the supremacy of God and the freedom and dignity of man and woman.”