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Some 200 high school students are expected to converge at the Stella Maris Church Hall on Shortwood Road on November 16, for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) annual Youth Forum.
The students are from institutions across the island including Jose Marti Technical High, Ascot Comprehensive High, Kingston Technical, Jonathan Grant High, Campion College, Immaculate Conception, Ardenne High, and Holy Childhood High.
Carla Francis-Edie, Chairman of the NCMC Youth Forum Committee, told JIS News that the focus of the day’s activity will be a debate, where students will voice their views on the Child Month theme: ‘Fathers, Your Children Need You!’ A rap session will follow the debate.
“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,” Mrs. Francis-Edie pointed out. As it pertains to the theme, she said it is very important to hear children’s thoughts on the matter, as a significant number of Jamaican households are headed by females. “We also really do need to hear about the importance of the fathers in the home and when the fathers are absent, how their children are affected,” she said.
While no prizes will be awarded, the audience will decide which school presents the points best.
Entertainment will be provided by students from the Lister Mair-Gilby Senior School for the Deaf, the Salvation Army School for the Blind, and Randolph Lopez School of Hope.
The Youth Forum was initially a Child Month activity in May, however, since last year, it has been moved to November, as the NCMC has now committed to organizing yearlong activities geared towards the nation’s children as well as for the observation of National Youth Month.