stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados


Saint Lucia To Implement National Youth Policy


Youth Development and Sports Minister Kenson Casimir has disclosed that the government is to enact a National Youth Policy agenda to protect the interests of young people.

He said this move is geared towards charting the path for implementing the National Youth Policy, which will integrate the corporate sector and other stakeholders.

The measure will seek to develop young people over the next few years and tap into the country’s plentiful young talent and skills.

“It’s a policy document that we’ve been working on for a long time,” Casimir told reporters at Monday’s regular media briefing.

“We believe that young people have a major role to play in the development of this country,” the Gros Islet MP declared.

Casimir noted that the youth policy will chart the way forward and identify critical areas for people to join and contribute to young people’s development.

“We are going to shape the future of our next generation,” the minister added.

Casimir further aligned the policy to establish Saint Lucia’s inaugural Semi-Pro Football League (SPFL).

He said young people stand to benefit economically from the SPFL, a project that will also enhance their learning capabilities and help them pursue a career path.

The minister said the Taiwanese government has provided $ 200,000 for skills development, an essential project component.

Casimir stated that the authorities felt it was an opportune time to establish the SPFL after some lengthy discussions over the years.

Consequently, to ‘get the ball rolling,’ the government injected $1.3 million as ‘start-up’ funds into the SPFL venture.

“We needed to get a start, we could not have continued with just staying on the sideline and have people saying that football is not developing,” the minister contended.

He acknowledged complaints about young people training for multiple hours without compensation for their efforts.

Casimir drew reference from the SPFL’s tagline, Leveraging football to transform lives, emphasising that the youngsters will also learn to develop lifelong learning skills.

“With this programme, we are going to be having a parenting workshop for these young men,” he explained.

“We know that a lot of the complaints are about fathers in the household and their role,” Casimir added.

“And so, with this programme we are going to be bringing all the young men into a room to have discussions (and) to train them on what it means to be a father in the modern world,” he said.

Casimir said the programme would also involve signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education, the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC), and the Taiwanese government.

He noted that “money management” will be factored into the programme to instruct the young men on “how do you actually use your money to sustain your livelihood?”

The minister hoped corporate sponsors would ‘buy into’ the SPFL venture, noting that they would receive a return on their investment.




Any third-party or user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries published on the St. Lucia Times website ( in no way convey the thoughts, sentiments or intents of St. Lucia Times, the author of any said article or post, the website, or the business. St. Lucia Times is not responsible or liable for, and does not endorse, any comments or replies posted by users and third parties, and especially the content therein and whether it is accurate. St. Lucia Times reserves the right to remove, screen, edit, or reinstate content posted by third parties on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times (this includes the said user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries) at our sole discretion for any reason or no reason, and without notice to you, or any user. For example, we may remove a comment or reply if we believe it violates any part of the St. Lucia Criminal Code, particularly section 313 which pertains to the offence of Libel. Except as required by law, we have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times. All third-parties and users agree that this is a public forum, and we do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website. Any posts made and information disclosed by you is at your own risk.


  1. You need to go beyond sport! That would be a welcome addition to family planning ie sex education from a young age because we know that values start in the home. Indiscriminate sex and hence many children brought up in single parent households do not understand the importance of financial, emotional and parental stability. It is just so basic but so ingrained in our society to have multiple partners (& fatherless) children that we can’t see one of the root causes of childhood delinquency. And why is it only men together in the proposed forum? Surely there should be women of different ages and backgrounds and mothers too?? Especially since mostly females bring up the children here. I appreciate there are single fathers raising children too so it makes sense to include parenthood from different perspectives. There needs to be a whole of community approach. Things done in isolation do not work. This is a big problem in St Lucia – putting out spot fires, not preventing them in the first place. We are ALL responsible for our world but greed, corruption, the individual over the community, lack of compassion, ignorance & too much emphasis on limin and having a good time over all else (eg all the resources corporate, government and individual that go into Carnival & Jazz Festval over more worthy projects) all contribute to the demise of our society & our youth.

  2. The minister must do the job that he is being paid to do.. Sports are not cheap,it takes a lot of Tallent and money.. Finding a professional trainer is very costly, we should pay our way out, nothing is Free.

  3. What is good and benificial for everyone is to implement the labor code that has been violeted after the death of the late Sir JMC…


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Send this to a friend