In Jamaica, constitutional reform committee discusses ways to facilitate youth participation

By Latonya Linton, 8 September 2023
Flag of Jamaica (photo credit: Kaufdex via pixabay)
Flag of Jamaica (photo credit: Kaufdex via pixabay)
With the new school year now under way, the Constitutional Reform Committee (CRC), will be engaging the youth on Jamaica’s journey towards becoming a Republic. Speaking with JIS News, CRC member, Sujae Boswell, said it is critical that the young people are engaged and consulted throughout the constitutional reform process. “At the end of the day, the youth do make up a large section of our society and if we are to move forward, it will require that their involvement be seen in a real and true way,” Mr. Boswell says. He points out that a multiprong approach will be taken, noting that there is polling being done in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica, to facilitate youth participation in the process. “We are doing a WhatsApp poll through their platform U-Report to get youth perspectives on the constitutional reform process, particularly moving away from the monarchy, and obtaining their views on if we should become a republic. So, that is one of the activities on stream now,” Mr. Boswell says. He also informs that there are plans to do school tours across the country to engage the youth. [...] The CRC has also given support to the establishment of a youth subcommittee, which will be made up of different young people across the country.
Read the full article here: Jamaica Information Service


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