Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd yesterday challenged the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to move forward with its plans to develop a national youth service.
“Implement it,” he said.
“No talk – action.”
Lloyd was responding to PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper’s announcement that the party is seriously considering the development of a national youth service for young people who leave school with no plans.
“We won’t have a Bahamas to leave our children to if young men lack discipline and resolve their differences with guns and knives,” he said last week at the party’s convention.
Lloyd founded Youth Empowerment and Skills Training Institute (YEAST) in 1997 to help at-risk young men in The Bahamas. However, it was defunded by the Ingraham administration in 2009, shortly after the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis.
Having called several times since then for YEAST to be re-established, Lloyd said yesterday that the PLP has had many opportunities to develop such a program.
“I did it,” he said.
“They’ve been talking it since the Lynden Oscar Pindling days. Do it. I did. They’ve had a zillion chances. Talk is cheap.”