From left: Jocelyn Mills (Department of Youth and Culture), Hyacinth Bradley (Ministry of Social Development), and Department of Youth and Culture representatives: Director Bren Romney, Kemoloy Murphy and Kerniel Chung.
ANGUILLA–The theme of the annual National Youth Week, “Vision 2048: Charting the way forward for youth development,” sets the tone for the Department of Youth and Culture’s weeklong activities to celebrate National Youth Week. It will begin on Sunday, September 30, with a parade, drill display and a church service at the Bethel Methodist Church.
The week’s activities will include general assemblies in all the island’s primary and secondary schools, book of the day discussions at the Anguilla public library, radio broadcast interviews with annual Youth Award nominees and an open mic forum entitled “Charting the Way Forward for Education in Anguilla” at the Albena Lake High School. There will also be an official reception hosted by the governor, and a pre-awards social evening, ending with the 4th National Youth Awards ceremony at the Teachers Resource Centre, on Saturday evening, October 6.
The 11th Annual National Conference on Youth and Development will be held during Youth Week. The two-day conference at the La Vue hotel, beginning on Tuesday, October 2, will address, debate and lay the groundwork for a multitude of areas revolving around and affecting the future of the island’s youth.
Director of the Department of Youth and Culture, Bren Romney said, “The outcome of the conference’s discussions will be used to shape the re-write of the National Youth Policy which was written in 2003. Although it served its purpose and honoured all the programmes included in it, it is outdated and no longer reflects the challenges faced by today’s youth.” Topics to be addressed in the conference will include youth in civil society; youth and economic development; youth and cultural preservation/development; youth in the global economy; youth and wellbeing; citizen security and social/family support services; and health, fitness and physical wellbeing. The new National Youth Policy will address issues for the next 30 years, hence the title “Vision 2048: Charting the way forward for youth development.”
On Friday, September 28, the Anguilla National Youth Council will visit and deliver care packages to all the island’s retirement homes prior to the start of Youth Week.