Young people encouraged to get involved in governance

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge (third left), interacting with a group of students from St Elizabeth Technical High School at United Nations Day 2019 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew on Thursday.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge (third left), interacting with a group of students from St Elizabeth Technical High School at United Nations Day 2019 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew on Thursday.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, is encouraging more young people to get involved in the governance of the country to ensure a better future for themselves and the generation of tomorrow.

“Getting involved in causes and in politics is getting involved in your own lives.”

— Terrelonge

“Getting involved in causes and in politics is getting involved in your own lives. The youth of Jamaica, the youth across the world must recognise that by participating, they are ensuring their own future and that by not participating, you diminish the quality of life that you and your children will live,” he said.

‘I am the SDGs’

He was speaking to some 300 high-school and university students at an event to mark United Nations Day 2019 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew, on Thursday, October 24.

The event, under the theme, ‘I am the SDGs’, facilitated dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how young people can lead actions to achieve the targets and, by extension, the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.

Members of the Ashe Company performing at United Nations Day 2019 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew on Thursday.
Members of the Ashe Company performing at United Nations Day 2019 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew on Thursday.

Important role

The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 that are to be attained by 2030. They cover social and economic development issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, global warming, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanisation, environment and social justice.

Terrelonge pointed out that young people have an important role in ensuring that the goals are attained.

“You determine the government that you get; you determine if you will get a government that is focused on promoting the SDGs,” he said.