By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Belize Youth Movement (BYM), the youth arm of the People’s United Party (PUP) launched it’s Youth and Culture agenda on Saturday.
The launch, held at the Image Factory, presented a document which the PUP says is their vision for youth development, art and cultural advancement and national development.
The document has 25 points which the BYM says forms a part of the PUP’s commitment to the youths of Belize. There were 15 points on youth and 10 points in the area of culture.
The youth points included: making education free from preschool to the associate degree level, establishing a national job placement program, and the appointment of a youth senator.
The culture points included: the establishment of a cultural fund, developing a digital portal for Belize’s cultural resources, and providing local artists with special training to increase the quality of their product.
Alberto Vellos, president of the BYM, said that the document is the product of years of consultation with Belizean youths.
“We have an idea of what we wanted, but we had to engage the youths of Belize through the consultation process and find out what it is they want, and where they think the current systems were lacking”, Vellos said.
PUP party leader Francis Fonseca made an appearance at the launch to endorse the document and ensure that it has the support of his party if they form the new government after the November fourth General Elections.