Still, too few of our young people are getting a university education. Each year about 2,300 children start school, but only about 2% of them go on to graduate from university and this is a shockingly low number. Young people in SVG need a university in SVG, so that they can become university graduates. In most western countries, 50% to 75% of young people graduate from university.
The young people of SVG will be the future of SVG and it is important that they are given all the resources they need to reach their full potential, so they can be great leaders and problem solvers.
Young people in SVG need a university, so that they can compete with graduates from other countries to get highly-paid jobs all over the world. In the UK, graduate jobs have a starting salary of between roughly EC$80,000 and EC$200,000 a year.
However, few Vincentian children can apply for these jobs, because we do not have our own university and only about 2% of our children are university graduates. A Green government would build a science and technology university, so that Vincentian children can become qualified to obtain highly-paid jobs all over the world, and able lead lives of prosperity.
Google processes over 8.5 billion searches per day. The internet is the gateway to knowledge and ideas all over the world, and is an extraordinary resource for learning. It is important that there is free access to Wi-Fi/internet in SVG, especially young people and children of the poor.
It is important to expose young people to new ideas, new technology and the innovation that is taking place all over the world, so that they can learn and be innovators themselves. Home computers and internet access have become integral to the way many teenagers study at home in richer countries. Young people can do research and their homework easier with free Wi-Fi/internet access.
A Green government would provide free Wi-Fi/internet access for everyone in SVG. Research has shown that children without home internet ‘lose out big time’ and that, on average, their exam results are a grade lower than their peers.
The e-Learning Foundation says that children without access to a computer and the internet in the evening are being increasingly disadvantaged in the classroom, and that the gap between rich and poor pupils’ performance would widen unless every child can use a computer and the internet at home. Young people living without internet access miss out both educationally and socially.
The ULP regime has failed young people. After 21 years in office, all they have to offer young people is a jail or a life of unemployment. It was madness to build a jail instead of a university and totally disrespectful to the aspirations of young people. A change of government is needed for young people to achieve their dreams.
A Green government would build a university, provide free Wi-Fi/internet access for all and focus on helping our people to innovate. It is innovation that will be the foundation of richer countries in the future. The more innovation we have in SVG, the better able we become as a country to solve our problems ourselves.