What Do Young People In The Caribbean Want?

What Do Young People In The Caribbean Want? 1

An estimated 60 percent of population of the Caribbean are under the age of 30.  Many of them see the Caribbean as a place of natural beauty, pleasant climate, diverse cultures, festivals and parties.

Youths across the Caribbean describe living in their country in these words “O.K”, “challenging”, “hard”, “difficult” and “boring” at one end, to “living in poverty”, “living without hope” and “living in fear” at the other.

In the video below, young people in the Eastern Caribbean countries talked about their dreams for their countries, how those dreams can be achieved and what they are going to do to progress those dreams.

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The video above was produced in 2009 as part of the Become Your Own Hero civic education course piloted by the POETA program (www.poetayouth.org) in partnership with HeroSchool.Net.

We are now in 2014, or 5 years later and Caribbean youths are asking for the same things. Today more Caribbean youths believe that they are  living withouth hope. Whether this is a perception or a reality, Caribbean governments will have to create a better environment that will lead to more opportunities for all its citizens.

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