UB and BTVI to Educate and Train At-Risk Youth for Workforce
Nassau, THE BAHAMAS — Hundreds of at-risk youth are expected to benefit as a result of a recently signed contract with the Ministry of National Security, University of The Bahamas (UB) and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) to increase literacy and numeracy skills under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP). The contract was signed during a virtual ceremony held on Monday, 30thNovember 2020.
The CSJP materialized through a $20 million loan facility funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to facilitate the continued reduction of crime and violence in The Bahamas.
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames highlighted the positive outcomes anticipated by providing additional opportunities for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to be better educated and equipped for the workforce.
“Studies have shown that increased employability among disadvantaged youth can directly contribute to a decrease in crime within the youth population,” said Minister Dames during the virtual press conference. “As a result, the Ministry of National Security has embraced employment and skills training as a vital component of a holistic crime fighting strategy. Our goal is to give youth from largely challenging and disadvantaged backgrounds a viable alternative to crime and violence by providing free training opportunities that will increase their chances of finding and maintaining gainful employment.”
UB will focus primarily on numeracy and literacy training to increase the learners’ basic mathematical, reading, and writing competencies – core skills that are essential for optimal performance in the workplace. BTVI, will hone students’ soft skills like leadership, intelligence, teamwork, and responsibility to enhance their ability to function and thrive in dynamic work environments.
The education that UB will provide will be delivered through face-to-face and virtual modes under the Revive Academy brand to four cohorts over a 12-month period which extends into 2021. In addition to teaching, UB is also making available the services of its Academic Counselling and Advisement department.
“Counsellors will mentor students who may be faced with various challenges that may negatively impact their success in the programme,” noted UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith who endorsed the initiative. “It is our belief that this life changing experience will be beneficial to our youth and by extension, their families.”
BTVI President Dr. Robert W Robertson added that Facing a skills gap nationally and internationally
“As The Bahamas, like other countries, come through this [pandemic] period it is very important that we have the people skills to be able to assist employers in meeting the post pandemic requirements for a variety of different disciplines throughout the country. We are very pleased to be working with our colleagues at University of The Bahamas on these particularly needed courses for our young people,” he noted.
The Citizen Security Justice Programme combines preventative strategies with institutional strengthening activities aimed at addressing some of the root causes of crime and criminal behavior. The focus is on four distinct areas – improving social behavior, increasing employment opportunities, enhancing the administration of justice, and reducing recidivism at corrections institutions.
Prospective students between the ages of 15 and 29 years old are the target group for the Revive Academy.
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