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National Youth Policy

Government of St. Lucia Ministry of Education Country Resources Child and Youth General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Saint Lucia 1 January 2000 Policy document child and adolescent, Social Inclusion

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According to the document:

The National Youth Policy is enshrined in essential principles and values that
have influenced its blueprint and direction.

Key principles on which the policy has been formulated are:

1. Youth Participation

Promotion of the involvement of young people’s participation in the formulation and implementation process of the National Youth Policy, including the creation of mechanisms for participation in community and national development.


The policy responds to needs, challenges and experiences of young people through the consultative process.

Gender Sensitivity

The National Youth Policy promotes a gender-inclusive approach to the development of young people. It acknowledges the many differences between men and women and advocates treatment to each accordingly.

Benefits of the policy

The youth policy will benefit young people regardless of gender, race, physical and mental ability, political affiliation or social status.

Access to services

Provide equitable access to resources and services required to fulfill the physical, economic and social needs of young people and to provide an awareness of institutions and organizations involved in youth development.

Integrated Development

Recognition of the total development of young people including social, economic, emotional and spiritual development.

Youth Empowerment

The realization that young people are a vibrant sector of the population and that their decision-making capacity must be enhanced for participation in community and national development.

These principles and values are the basis on which the goal, objectives and
implementation mechanism of the National Youth Policy have been formed.


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