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An all day ‘Educulture’ Workshop that focusses on teaching young people how to “Create a Vision” to achieve the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals and the Organisation of American States (OAS) Human Prosperity Goals, is being organised for 75 Jamaican National Secondary School Student Council leaders, Jamaican Youth Ambassadors, Community Youth Organisations and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica.
A one-day event, the workshop known as Taking Personal Responsibility ‘Educulture’ Workshop Forum, will take place on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the International University of the Caribbean, 47 Old Hope Road, Kingston from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In highlighting some of the objectives of the United Nations and the OAS development focus, the workshop will discuss areas which countries such as Jamaica are pursuing in order to overcome challenges of poverty, hunger and issues impacting national well-being.
Delegates at the conference will target the creation of a vision to respond to challenges of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; as well as ensuring environmental sustainability. Delegates will also focus on ways of developing a global partnership for development.
Jamaica will once again welcome Caribbean Vizion 16-year-old Chief Executive Officer and youth social activist, Ms. Choc’late Allen and her team, which include a number of young Jamaicans who participated in the recently held Fifth Summit of the Americas – Youth Forum in Trinidad. A mandate from that forum, which also dealt with issues of development, was to identify how the themes affect and impact young people across the region and to educate them accordingly.
The workshop is supported by UNESCO, UNAIDS, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, National Council for Youth Development and Scotia Bank Ltd.
As a follow-up to Choc’late Allen’s 2008 ‘Children Must Be Seen and Heard’ school and community tour of all 14 Parishes in Jamaica, the workshop will also encourage young people to accept the challenge of “Taking Personal Responsibility” for their future prosperity.
Caribbean Vizion is an organisation that lobbies for cultural and economic co-operation between Caribbean citizens and their Governments. The organisation was founded in 2001 and has been endorsed by the CARICOM Secretariat and the CARICOM Heads of Government.

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