Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 12th 2015 Contents Dove said crime had always permeated society.
"There is an upsurge now because of what particular
issue? I don't know. We need to question why."
She said there were cracks in our borders which
the Government was now examining.
"Our borders remain opened because of the lack
of OPVs (Offshore Patrol Vessels) and other things."
In the coming months, Dove who is currently
developing rehabilitation programmes to help at risk
and vulnerable youths will unveil her ideas to NGOs
and the Government.
For many years, Dove said, governments had cul-
tivated a dependency syndrome among citizens
through Cepep and other social programmes.
Start investing in lives
Dove said in certain communities citizens made
strident demands for Cepep jobs.
"Instead of protesting for better job security or
permanent employment, they have come to believe
that this is all they can aim for."
She urged governments to stop spending money
on social programmes and start investing in lives.
Many of the short-term social programmes insti-
tuted, Dove said, had become long-term, while thou-
sands of citizens still relied on food cards to survive.
"We spend a lot of money on social programmes
in this country. Where is the social audit to say how
the money spent has improved the standard of living
and livelihood of persons, and are persons now inde-
pendent to survive on their own? This was never
done. What I am saying is that the same amount of
money you are spending and investing in long-term
things like ammunition, guns and armoured vehicles,
it could be invested in intervention and lives. If you
influence one person involved in crime, that person
can influence another and then you have a multiplier
Dove said communities were giving up hope.
Dove plans to use her award to advance the work
of the UNDP Caribbean Youth Think Tank.
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Recipient of The Queen s Young
Leader Award, Enterprise resident
Teocah Dove, is urging the Govern-
ment to stop spending money on
social programmes and start investing
Dove, 26, made the call less than one
week after Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar and government officials
visited her hometown, where gunmen
over the last few weeks have unleashed
a reign of terror on residents, wounding
some of them.
Dove, who lives in Crown Trace, was
one of 60 individuals awarded by the
Queen last month. The award recog-
nises exceptional youth (aged 18 to 29)
who have shown substantial commit-
ment and verve as leaders in community
The young leader received her award
for her contribution to a number of
NGOs and international organisations
working in the areas of youth devel-
opment, gender, HIV/Aids and human
Observing that for years Enterprise
had been an underserved community,
Dove said many people had the per-
ception that when a child grew up in
a hot spot or high-risk community his
or her life would be deprived, untrained
"But that is a myth that has been
allowed to continue because of what is
Dove grew up in an extended family
that provided her with everything need-
ed for her to excel.
"There was nothing I did not have
access to. I found myself partaking in
everything. I went to dancing, karate,
swimming and gymnastics outside of
the community. So the opportunities
were there for me."
Putting plaster on sores
Saddened that crime and guns had
infiltrated Enterprise which was once
a peaceful and family-oriented com-
munity, Dove said deploying soldiers
and police, purchasing armoured vehi-
cles and holding peace marches in
hotspot areas were just putting a plaster
"That would only help temporarily.
We need to advance a solution, which
would involve a reculturalisation of
thinking, empowering, liberating and
encouraging young people to know their
true sense of self-worth in underserved
She said a three-pronged approach
was needed to tackle crime in com-
"There must be intervention, in that,
you deal with the person (individual
involved in guns or crime), their families
and the community in which they live.
Corrective action must happen at all
She said criminals must realise that
they were being used by drug and gun
Dove said people were not asking
why men had been turning to guns,
drugs and delinquency rather than
something meaningful and productive.
"That's because of the inequality
in how some people are treated, while
some persons have access to certain
resources and opportunities. When
there is an absence of drugs and guns,
then, what are they going to do to
make a living when it is gone? That
is why I am saying we cannot just
look at taking the guns and looking
for drugs. We need a reculturalisation
of thinking for these young men to
understand that they have a value
and they are positive citizens in soci-
ety. We have to look at best practices
and how it was done in similar soci-
eties to us."
Young Teocah Dove has found herself in a
Facebook attack involving a photograph of
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
On July 6, Dove said, she received the most
"hurtful, hateful and nasty comments" after a
photograph of Persad-Bissessar and herself was
posted on her Facebook page.
The photo, taken on July 4, shows a smiling
Dove shaking the hand of Persad-Bissessar dur-
ing a visit to the Enterprise community.
Hours after the photo went viral, Dove said
she was attacked on Facebook.
Some of the posts "are too graphic to rewrite,"
Dove wrote on her page.
Dove said she received "negative statuses,
comments and was inboxed" by people who
told her that she should not have let Persad-
Bissessar touch her hand.
Dove was also lambasted for wearing a white
jersey with a QYL insignia, which many thought
was a Congress of the People T-shirt.
"Let me make it clear, I am not sure how you
were brought up, but I've been trained to respect
elders and respect office, no matter the person.
Have respect," Dove said on Friday.
Dove said she was not interested in active
"Politics right now is very divisive and nasty.
As a young person, I once had ambitions for
political office a few years ago. But not any
more. When you enter politics your career is
She said she was not one to toe the line.
"I am very outspoken, frank and brash."
Dove said the country was more divided than
"People are venomous, angry and tense. Some
by the state of affairs, others by political moti-
vations and a few by racial association," Dove
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spend $$ on lives
Queen's awardee and Enterprise resident urges Govt:
TEOCAH DOVE "
We spend a lot of
money on social
programmes in this
country. Where is the
social audit to say
how the money spent
has improved the
standard of living and
livelihood of persons,
and are persons
now independent to
survive on their own?
This was never done"
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