Youth is a stage in life when we try to take responsibility, focus on choices, while seeking to experience. Being in the range of adolescence to adulthood, it is the moment when we seek to build an identity, to engage more, to seek to have access to material goods or to independence. material. Youth is, in fact, a symbol of autonomy, commitment and responsibility.
Being the subject of a debate on the age classification, it is included in the limit of 15 years, and n not over 29 years old. The social reality in some states, such as Haiti for example, could well lead to endless questions. Considered as engines of socio-economic and political change, in Haiti today, the youth are held hostage by slogans. Wearing a discourse referring to the youth becomes an appropriation of fights, and all will be well. So we launch more slogans than we take concrete actions. “Bat bravo pou lajenès *”, “jenès la bezwen travay **” and “youth democracy ***” are, among other things, slogans and expressions which attempt to place youth at the heart of movements of political organizations. In doing so, the youth are seen as the only age group that can bring about the much desired change, to lift Haiti out of poverty, to fight corruption, to have the energy to work, etc. It becomes, in this sense, the unique living force of society, whose integration would pull the country out of its multidimensional slump. Indeed, all the slogans and speeches, either carried by the youth or which mention it, would be a presumed sign of change, in all its entirety. Between scams, illusions and empty speeches, Haitian youth believe themselves to be strong youth, while contemplating their situation of weakness and deprivation of all kinds. The only positive things about this youth are the slogans we drink. Moreover, the fact of brandishing the unconscious youth as the ultimate possibility of social and economic progress is only an illusory sign, because, in the end, it is politics that makes things happen. However, the majority of this youth is withdrawing from politics, and, paradoxically, is a change that must go through politics. Consequently, politicians, in their speeches, only pretend to give an important place to youth. As a result, we continue to march from slogans to slogans.
Youth, a living force, yes! But with just slogans, it becomes very dangerous. Because it means making young people an engine of change and development, without them having the necessary means to implement them. The youth of the country is indeed a reservoir of vital force because it represents 22.7% of the population, is between 15 and 24 years old, and more than half of the population was under 21 in 2013, according to what reveals the report on the Human Development Index (Haitian youth, a majority worthy of attention, published June 18, 2013 on www.ht.undp.org). But this situation can turn out to be very dangerous, because this demographic segment is not aware of its strength, in fact, it accepts not to fight to integrate the decision-making space, and is therefore satisfied with a fight of slogans .
Slogans make Haitian youth dream of reaching higher levels of development. They touch his ego and outline his usefulness, his energy and the merits of his claims. However, the slogans used to attract and lull these young people can also cause their frustration, their refusal of submission, their thirst for change and amplify their fight against corruption, as the “PetroCaribe” movement was initially claimed by young people. For electoral purposes, we make slogans. A political trend or ideology appropriates the idea that change will be carried by young people. Overall, with these slogans, we want to make Haitian youth, by an attempt at self-proclamation, the intelligentsia, the elite who thinks to provide magical solutions to all our ills. So, Haitian youth becomes all possible and imaginable solutions to guarantee the well-being of the nation. And strangely, this youth is locked in these hollow, empty and inconsistent slogans. It is used in this way so that it rejects the participation of any other social category in the process of change. It is on the basis of all this that we can say that the youth is held hostage by slogans.
* Applaud the youth
** The youth needs work
*** meaning is that the power is in the youth
Job Pierre Louis