By Solomon McGarrell
A party of leading youths residing in the Upper-Berbice community of Kwakwani, last Friday, met with President Irfaan Ali and several pressing issues plaguing the community were discussed, while solutions were brought to the fore. Among the team were the leader of the Kwakwani’s ‘Women Group’ and tutor of Mia’s Hair and Cosmetology School Anita Persaud and several students attending the school.
Some of the issues the youths took the opportunity to discuss with President Ali, include unemployment, poor internet access and frequent power outages despite the government commissioned a 900-kilowatt generator in the community a few months ago.
While committing to bringing a solution to the issues through consultation with the residents, President Ali highlighted his Youth Policy plans, which aim to promote youth empowerment throughout Guyana.
Anita Persaud, who is a daughter of the soil, indicated her willingness to work with the youths of the community to empower them, which will create social and economic change in the mining community.
“I taught Cosmetology throughout Guyana; except Kwakwani and all across the Caribbean, so I have expressed to the government………….. my desire to help youths in my home town,” Persaud told INFO 10.
Persaud, with government assistance, aims to roll out a number of programs that will aid in academic development, business management and sports development, by giving tangible contributions to every sports discipline in the community.
“I am working tirelessly with the government to boost youth development, academically and in sports. I believe sports can bring people together,” Persaud said.
She also informed INFO10 that as the leader of the Kwakwani Women’s Group; the group will not be centered around women only but men who are also willing to come on board.
An official team from the government will be visiting the community on Tuesday 2 March, 2021.