Adolescent Development and Participation
Adolescent Development - Guyana
Young people between the ages of 15-24 represent almost 21% of Guyana’s population. They represent the country’s future decision-makers and nation builders, and we must connect with them on their terms, let their voices be heard, and let them define what investing in youth means at the national level, and hold the Government accountable for progress in the coming years.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has made several recommendations in its concluding observations that target youth and adolescents, especially the most vulnerable. In this regard, the development of a National Youth Policy is a critical step to ensure a comprehensive approach to the protection and fulfilment of the rights of adolescents and youth.
Adolescent Development- Suriname
Adolescents have limited learning and job opportunities. Many adolescents are over age for the grade/level they are in and eventually end up dropping out. While several technical and vocational training programmes are in place, opportunities for secondary education are limited especially for adolescents living in remote areas.
Early marriage and teenage pregnancy are of major concerns. Adolescent birth rate is high at 52 per 1,000 girls aged 15-19. Almost one out of 10 women in the rural interior districts is married or in union before age 15 and 49% were married or in union before age 18 (MICS 2010). The Ministry of Health reports that the average percentage of teenage pregnancies (ages 10-19) is 16.1% for the period 2003 – 2007. Moreover, the health services do not provide adolescent friendly services.