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Premier urges parents to push young men to aspire!

Premier Andrew Fahie

Premier Andrew Fahie said parents have a role to play in encouraging males to develop ambitions. He also urged them to abandon the cultural practice of sheltering girls while allowing males to do as they please.

The problem of marginalized males is common across the Caribbean. According to a World Bank report, In Latin America and the Caribbean, an increase in amount of females in the labour force has helped reduce extreme poverty in the region.  

“I’m asking parents of this territory: stop keeping the girl children home saying they might get pregnant. You are bagging them up at home and they are studying and coming to do great things and then you leave the boy to go all about. You don’t ask him where he’s going, where he’s getting all his possessions. Then when we look, they drop out of school and we wonder how so many women are taking over positions,” Premier Fahie said.  

He added that the Education Ministry is getting ready to address this territory-wide trend of marginalized males with programmes targeted particularly at them.

He also said the territory’s political future depends on the education of males adding that self-determination will be further delayed if people don’t seek to advance educationally and professionally.

“We as a people have to wake up, we cannot continue in the mindset that some of us are in! Living lucky, happy, pretending like we’re not in the middle of a war. Today in the Attorney General’s Office there is one male, all the rest are females. No problem with that, we want the females to excel but we’re going to make a target on our males,” Premier Fahie said.

More to life than bikes

Premier Fahie also addressed the bike-riding trend that has beset many young men across the territory.

“They must understand that there is more to life than just getting money to buy a bike! There’s more to life than just fighting a fowl.”

“Because while you’re not making sure that we push our children towards education, there are those who are invading us and forcing laws on us. If we don’t wake up we will never get the BVI to move forward. I know what I’m telling you. I’m in the seat [of Premier]. I’m seeing it all the time,” the Premier explained.


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  1. NB says:

    Mr. Fahie, something is seriously wrong with your perspective. Who is invading and forcing laws on you? One thing is for sure, with that attitude and mentality you are definitely not moving forward…keep at it sir!

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  2. Black Trump says:

    At it again with his own dog whistles… “there are those who are invading us and forcing laws on us.”

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  3. Elegal says:

    I guess the only part of the article you all read was invading and forcing laws on us. What about the valid observation about the young men here?

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  4. Foy says:

    Are you not aware that the young black man needs instant gratification. Hard work and education is not a thought. Quick money is. Drug deals, theft, prostitution and scams. Unfortunately the young follow the old. These traits of the young are found in full force in the politicians and business leaders they aspire to be like. Break the cycle and make the young learn in school. Do not move them forward regardless of their age until they have fulfilled the school year requirement. This has been the problem in educating the black man.

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  5. PLEASE says:

    Pure nonsense when Fahie West End allegedly giving out big checks to the boys on the block to do nothing from our Social Security monies.Or You encourage them to go look work. VIP must go!

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  6. Watchman says:

    This website has serious credibility issues when it comes to journalism. Where did the premier say these things? What event, venue, location, date, location? this is basic journalism.

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  7. Johnny says:

    What invasion?
    What laws?
    Please explain.

  8. Trying says:

    young men are trying but you keep taking their cash and drugs away.

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