Youths: Challenges for the Future! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
There was a time when there was no television. The radio was plugged into a battery and its programs ended at ten in the night. Daily distractions were minimal. The people were poor but they prized education as it was the passport to a better life. Books changed hands and the ‘dog ears’ were smoothened to make reading easy. There was respect for teachers as parents and the schools worked together to enforce discipline. The community celebrated success of the children.
This statement could be applied to just about any developing country where there was a constant battle to meet basic needs. In Guyana and the Caribbean, not so long ago, education standards were comparable to the best in the world. But times have changed. There is the argument that our teenagers are not as focused as they used to be and it is a cause for worry. What are some of the problems affecting the teen population and how can they be resolved?