Nicaragua creating job opportunities for at-risk young people

Source:  NicaNotes Nicaragua News

daniel ortega 7.jpgRepresentatives of the Central America law enforcement organizations noted that Nicaragua is the country with the lowest juvenile delinquency rate in the region. The Nicaragua educational model and the creation of job opportunities for at-risk young people are some of the factors that have influenced the decline in juvenile offenses in the country.

Crime reduction in children under 17

The Nicaragua National Police has found that reduction of crime rates in children under the age of 17 is due to integrated programs designed for at-risk young people, keeping them from joining criminal groups.

Construction of new sports facilities

aminta-granera-nicaraguaConstruction of new sports facilities has also been a priority of the Nicaraguan  government to promote healthy entertainment and maintain low juvenile crime rate.

At the meeting of the Chiefs and Directors of Police of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Colombia, Nicargua’s Police Chief Aminta Granera (photo) was re-elected president of the body. Many of Nicaragua’s police reforms have been initiated under her leadership. (Nicaragua News, Dec. 14; El Nuevo Diario, Dec. 14)

One thought on “Nicaragua creating job opportunities for at-risk young people

  1. There are solid reasons that provide insights into why Nicaragua has the lowest rate of juvenile delinquency in the Central American region.

    First and foremost, Nicaragua unlike the other Central American countries has a revolution that was grew out of the abysmal socio-economic and political disparities between the oligarchy and the majority of Nicaraguans, a reality characteristic of a dependent capitalist society.

    The latter disparities created mass poverty, hunger, unemployment and other scarce opportunities for the majority of the population and disproportionally so for the youths in Nicaraguan society.

    In this context, the youths at risk for drug trafficking, membership in criminal gangs and other anti-social activities particularly those from the poorest segments of the society were ignored prior to the revolution.

    The triumph of the revolution created the socio-economic and political conditions to not only prioritize the agenda of the working class and poor but importantly it also prioritized the conditions of some of their children who faced diminishing resources to address their lack of opportunities.

    Thus, the revolution currently invests resources in these youths at risk in constructing sports facilities for their recreation, employment for them to earn incomes and their education to equip them with skills among others.

    In other words, the revolution is using resources to create structures for these youths so as to minimize their idleness and their temptation to get involved in criminal and other anti-social activities.

    Secondly, the revolution is acutely aware of the potential danger of the youths at risk to become recruits to drug gangs and other criminal organizations that are actively recruiting them. Consequently, the social investments in these youths to provide them with jobs, sport facilities to play soccer and other games as well as schools to provide them with skills required by the economy are ultimately designed to achieve two interrelated objectives.

    First, to transform these youths into productive citizens for themselves and the Nicaraguan society. Second, to reduce their potential for crime and other forms of instability that usually result from these youths in the absence of these indispensable social investments.

    In closing, it appears that the revolution in Nicaragua is making a significant difference in the lives of its youths at risk by providing them with training, employment, sporting facilities among other opportunities to reduce their potential for delinquency, crimes and other acts of instability to the still nascent revolution.

    The contrast between the status of youths at risk in Nicaragua and other Central American nations like Honduras, El Salvador (known as the murder capital of the world), Guatemala and Panama is fundamentally due to the revolution as opposed to the domination of the oligarchy and imperialism in the other cited Central American countries.

    The dominance of the oligarchy and imperialism in Honduras, El Salvador and the others means that less resources are made available to invest in opportunities for these youths which in turn explain the very high rates of unemployment, murder and other crimes and gang activities.

    So when the apologists for the oligarchy and imperialism talk about the “failures”of revolution and socialism, it is quite appropriate as the late and great Fidel Castro challenged them, to show us the ” successes” of capitalism for the peoples in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Indeed, these apologists must also demonstrate the “successes” of capitalism for the inhabitants and youths in the industrialized capitalist nations like the US, France and Britain!

    Congratulations to the Nicaraguan people and their revolution!

    “We say peace if you are willing to fight for it” Fred Hampton

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