Minister reaffirms commitment to youth at Youth Service parade
Minister Adrian Forde inspecting the Youth Service cadets
- By Michron Robinson
The 2018 Youth Service passing out parade involved 77 cadets who have now completed their training.
Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment Adrian ‘Medic’ Forde told those assembled at the Paragon Base yesterday, Friday, December 14, that the programme plays an important role in their development.
“If you want to be honorary citizens you must be humble. What I saw today, I can stand rest assured that you are humble. This phase is one in which you will be much more prepared to meet the challenges of the world of work,” he said.
Though Forde told them to see themselves as global citizens, he reminded that brain drain is a problem which Barbados continues to face,
“Barbados does not have gold and oil and bauxite like the other places but what we do have is people capital and we must ensure that we hold on to that capital and nurture it. That is why we are here to ensure your success,” Forde added.
He also congratulated them on their deportment and drills, both at the passing out parade and during the recently held 52nd annual Independence Celebrations at Kensington Oval then along the streets of Historic Bridgetown.
The Minister promised that he will seek a way to help the youth service manage the numeric demands of those who apply to the programme.
“I encourage you to make wise use of the opportunities presented to you as this government stands committed to the development of our young people,” he said. “The moral test of any government is how it treats the most vulnerable.”
There was also a drill display by the cadets, drama and dance. The programme was well attended by parents, guardians and other government officials as well as senior members of the Barbados Defence Force.