The Guyana Youth and Student Movement (GYSM), the youth arm of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), on Saturday held its Biennial Congress at the Party’s Headquarters, Sophia and Ryan Belgrave was elected as the new Chairman.
The Congress was held under the theme “One Movement, One Partnership, One Nation.” A release from the GYSM said that in his farewell address to congress, outgoing National Chairman Christopher Jones MP said that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic administration has failed the youth of Guyana. Jones said, “the PPP/C had failed to provide jobs, failed to govern in the interest of all the peoples of Guyana, failed to have a national youth policy, the PPP in government has been a failure.”
Chairman of the PNCR, Basil Williams told the members of the party’s youth arm that they must be prepared for the task ahead. He said that with General and Regional elections looming the energy and imagination of the youth was vital. He told them that A Partnership for National Unity, of which the PNCR is the major constituent will contest in every community in Guyana.
In elections that were held, a new national executive was elected. The release said that Belgrave was elected to serve as National Chairman. In his acceptance speech Belgrave said that his task was to make the GYSM the leading youth organization in Guyana. He said that this will be achieved by aggressive Mobilization, Organization, Registration and Education.
Belgrave added that education was the greatest tool to fight tyranny. He challenged members of the GYSM to seek knowledge, to get educated. Belgrave said “the PPP/C was afraid of an educated nation.” A new twenty-four person General Council was also elected to serve for the next two years.