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  • Some 250 students from 25 secondary schools across the island are expected to converge at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall on Friday (November 6), for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) annual Youth Forum.
  • Chairman of the NCMC Youth Forum Planning Committee, Errol Richards, told JIS NEWS that the day’s activities will see students from various secondary schools making presentations on the Child Month theme: ‘Children’s Safety and Security – Our Priory.’
  • The Youth Forum was initially a Child Month activity in May, but was moved to November in keeping with the NCMC’s commitment to organising yearlong activities geared towards the nation’s children, as well as to observe National Youth Month.

Some 250 students from 25 secondary schools across the island are expected to converge at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall on Friday (November 6), for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) annual Youth Forum.

The event, set to get underway at 10:00 am, is the final activity on the NCMC’s calendar of events for 2015.

Chairman of the NCMC Youth Forum Planning Committee, Errol Richards, told JIS NEWS that the day’s activities will see students from various secondary schools making presentations on the Child Month theme: ‘Children’s Safety and Security – Our Priory.’

They will examine how the school, parents, the community and the state can ensure that they are safe. Open discussion will follow the presentations.

“Our reason for having this annual forum is because we really want to hear about what is happening with the youth and hear some of their solutions to what affects them,” Mr. Richards said.

He said it is “very important” to hear the students’ thoughts on the theme, and also the role of the various stakeholders in ensuring their safety and security.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is expected to bring greetings, while Head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, will deliver the main address.

Entertainment will be provided by students from the Salvation Army School for the Blind, and the Holy Trinity and Guy’s Hill high schools. The Broadcasting Commission will also make a media presentation titled: ‘Our Digital World: Opportunities and Challenges.’

The Youth Forum was initially a Child Month activity in May, but was moved to November in keeping with the NCMC’s commitment to organising yearlong activities geared towards the nation’s children, as well as to observe National Youth Month.