First Lady calls on youth to 'aim for the sky'
Guyana Chronicle
March 22, 2004

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FIRST Lady, Mrs. Varshanie Jagdeo, is of the firm view those youths can and will move the world forward to a better place than it is now but they must always remember that "the sky is the limit".

Addressing more than 150 Guyanese youths, representing all coastal regions of the country who attended the Youth Can Move the World training programme two week-ends ago at School of the Nations in Georgetown, Mrs. Jagdeo encouraged the youths to "aim for the sky" since "the sky is the limit".

"What that means is with love, hard work, respect, dedication, social conscience, vision, simplicity and honesty, there is nothing in this world that you cannot achieve," she told the youths.

She also urged them to take their education to the highest level and for them to be smart and make good choices since they will never get back this time. "No matter how good a job you get in life, no matter how rich or successful you become, it will mean nothing unless you use your position to uplift your less fortunate brothers and sisters," she posited.

The First Lady also emphasized why peace is important.

"We are a religious country. If the number of religious institutions are anything to go by (and) our respective scriptures tell us the same thing - love one another, life is a gift to be treasured, honour your parents, et cetera...let us undertake to try and live the life rather than just pay lip service," she asserted.

And according to her, this does not require revolutionary changes but rather small changes such as taking an interest in our individual homes, then in our neighbours, fellow students and the community in which we live.

Alluding to the fact that the youth and the elders are the true wealth of any nation, Mrs. Jagdeo also stressed to the youths that it is their duty to do whatever is necessary to ensure that they live free of fear, healthy, protected and educated.