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The Future Now

Our Youth Manifesto

Constant and solid engagement and investment in our youth is the only way to secure a country’s future.

The OBA firmly believes that leadership is not about the next election, but about the next generation.

A pillar of our development outlook for Bermuda is to develop the environment in which our young people can comfortably live and work in the areas they are attracted to – areas that will increasingly be the top earning sectors in the world.

Hence, our comprehensive future forward plans to improve and expand activities around entertainment and culture, technological development and online business to start the development of a Creative Economy for Bermuda that can stand with our traditional earning sectors.

But we also recognise our young people must be fully integrated into our society. So, an OBA government will deliver a set of initiatives that will involve early job training and entrepreneurship as well as vehicles for much easier home ownership.

Youth of Bermuda, we have listened to you. We have heard you. We know you wish an end to the political tribalism. We know you wish for a more dynamic and non-political education that will put you on the road to worthwhile employment or business ownership. We know you wish a government that will act on its promises.

The OBA will deliver for you. It is our intention to invest in our young people to make them global citizens even as we secure the future for Bermuda, which our young people will lead.

Youth of Bermuda, you have an opportunity to change the tokenism; the ignoring of your suggestions and needs until election time and the general malaise of the dead economy that is threatening to stop the fulfilment of your dreams.

Vote for the OBA for change, for a better Bermuda.

Among other things, the OBA will:

  • Promote the integration of our existing independent youth programmes (such as Sea Cadets, Endeavour, Raleigh, Army Cadets, Duke of Edinburgh, etc.) with Bermuda’s schools, in particular to provide for after-school activities.
  • Increase investment in General Education Diploma (GED) programmes.
  • Promote adequate Island-wide Wi-Fi coverage, particularly in our schools.
  • We will assist first-time Bermudian home buyers with tax friendly lease-to-buy opportunities.
  • Waive stamp duty on Mortgages for first time home buyers and work towards the assessing of 100 per cent mortgages.
  • Give payroll and other tax breaks for the hiring of Bermudians in trainee positions.
  • Increase utilization of art and performance in our tourism product.
  • Develop more festivals so that our artists and entertainers can have year-long opportunities to work,
  • Expand film and TV incentive programmes to attract Bermuda-based production and create visibility for Bermuda and career opportunities for Bermudians.
  • Promote a public/private partnership to expand the availability of scholarships for the arts.
  • Enhance the promotion of events for competition in the arts.
  • Identify international connections and partnerships to assist in the promotion of local performing artists beyond our shores.
  • Develop a National Parish Competition that promotes the history and culture of Bermuda.
  • Offer National Development scholarships in the arts.
  • Work with established international entities to establish an annual tech fair that exposes our youth to the cutting edge in robotics, coding, animation and such future forward skills.
  • Improve sports development including certification of trainers.

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