Listening to young people about the issues that matter is an important commitment of the St. Kitts & Nevis Labour Party. Our young people make up a significant part of our population and as such, educated, healthy, inspired and robust youth are critical to supporting the economic and social future of our country. We are dedicated to supporting our young people by providing creative job opportunities that align with the changing of times. Our plan is to equip our young people with the necessary tools and skills needed to propel our economy forward and this starts with better educational prospects and training. The new Labour Administration will improve and sustain the St. Kitts Nevis National Youth Service Programme that helps youth to access short-term and long-term services and volunteer activities that would provide them with valuable work and life experience and provide communities with the help required for essential projects. The People’s Empowerment Programme (PEP) will also be revitalized to provide the assistance and training necessary for a more successful transition into the workplace.
Labour firmly believes that strong and caring families are the core of peaceful, unified and resilient communities. In light of this belief, every citizen and resident will be encouraged to participate in decisions that affect the welfare, happiness and future of their families, communities and nation. To ensure that each family can cost-effectively provide for their loved ones, Labour will increase the allowance threshold for the importation of packages of personal food and household effects and expand its applicability from one to two periods of the year. Labour understands the psychological impact of having a newborn on both parents and as a result we endeavor to establish a national consultation on parental leave for employees, with a view to introducing paternity leave and related family support improvements. Family is not an important thing, it is everything.
Labour is fully aware that the quality of some health services and worker morale have declined under the present administration and it is our endeavor to restore and provide a high-quality health care service to the federation. We are proud of our track record of spearheading health progress through holistic and comprehensive policies and services and under NextGen SKN you will experience a complete overhaul of the Joseph Nathaniel France General Hospital. Labour will strengthen the health coverage for our citizens to ensure universal access to high quality services while protecting individuals and families from the financial hardship that can be caused by the exorbitant prices of care for major medical conditions. Our focus will also be on improving areas not limited to General Nursing, Specialist Nurses, Emergency Medical Response, Mental Health and Diagnostic Services. We will enhance the services provided at our Health Centers to include the availability of lab tests, medications, physical therapies and DMO Services. Changes will not only occur within our medical centers, but also within the overall cleanliness of our communities. Labour will be reassigning responsibility for roadside drain cleaning to the Solid Waste Management Corporation and resource Public Works to improve and expand its maintenance of ghauts and storm drains. It will be a complete revamping of our healthcare system under Labour’s NextGen SKN Administration. A healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
The education system needs revamping and our training institutions must lead the charge. Labour will restore opportunities for investing in high quality education and training at all levels. With a greater focus on skills training from the secondary and tertiary levels, our people will be better equipped to create their own businesses. It is imperative that our young people be adept to uptake 21st century job opportunities to allow for our federation to remain competitive in the global market. The St. Kitts & Nevis Labour Party has always led in the advancing of our education system. We have always been about skyrocketing and modernizing the way our people are educated, and the techniques and overall experiences of the teacher. We believe that all persons should have equal opportunity at a higher level of education and NextGen SKN intends to assist in every way possible to afford equal opportunity for educational advancement. As a result, we intend to reintroduce the One-to-One laptop programme that made laptops available to all students in secondary schools and expand it to include the sixth grade of all primary schools. We will increase the number of scholarships available for post-secondary education and training by at least 50% in the next five years. Every household must have at least one member with a college or university degree.
NextGen SKN is aware that sports, heritage, and the arts can unleash creative energies that help to foster confidence, community cohesion, economic activity and national identity. We will ensure sports is a key component of the federations education system and will petition the private sector to assist in the advancement of community sporting organizations financially and professionally. It is time our federation invest more into creative arts and NextGen SKN will ensure that is done. More and more children have been showing an interest in performing arts and we want to nurture that need. As a result, Labour will build a state of the art performing arts center and academy, complete with maintenance plans to guarantee the preservation and continuous access to the facilities. We want to ensure that culture and the arts are key components in our education system. A multipurpose indoor sports facility is one of the major projects to be implemented. With our growing Hispanic and American communities in mind, Labour intends to dedicate a park for baseball and softball, which are their preferred sports.