Jamaican Student is Regional Representative on CSA

Photo: Contributed Jamaica’s Benjamin Fraser, Caribbean and the Americas Regional Representative (seated, left), observes as the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, signs the official instrument of appointment at the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA) Executive Installation held recently in Fiji. Standing (from left) are Ms. Shomy Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Asia Regional Representative; and Ketan Lal (Fiji), Pacific Regional Representative.

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  • Jamaica’s Benjamin Fraser is the Caribbean and the Americas Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA).
  • During his tenure, Mr. Fraser will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of national student organisations (NSOs) of 13 countries and provide oversight to the establishment of NSOs where none exist.
  • Mr. Fraser is currently forming a regional working group to carry out the mandate of the CSA in the region.

Jamaica’s Benjamin Fraser is the Caribbean and the Americas Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA).

Mr. Fraser was among several CSA Executives who were installed by the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, on February 22, in Nadi, Fiji, during the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) and Integrated Partners Forum.

During his tenure, Mr. Fraser will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of national student organisations (NSOs) of 13 countries and provide oversight to the establishment of NSOs where none exist.

The 21-year-old is a second-year law student at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is a past student of Ardenne High School.

No stranger to leadership roles, Mr Fraser is presently the Second Vice-President for National and International Affairs in the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS) and President of Called to Lead Jamaica.

The CSA, which was launched in 2012 at the 18th CCEM in Mauritius, seeks to unify and represent the needs and aspirations of national student councils and other student organisations in the Commonwealth. According to Mr. Fraser, the CSA empowers students of the Commonwealth to: influence change in education, contribute to their societies, and amplify the students’ voices through the collaboration between student leaders and educational stakeholders.

Mr. Fraser is currently forming a regional working group to carry out the mandate of the CSA in the region.

He is encouraging student leaders in the region who are interested in being a part of the working group to send a statement of interest to: caribbeanamericas.csa@gmail.com.

Countries within this region that are part of the CSA are Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada.

“We are asking students from all countries in the region to volunteer their skills in photography, film, writing, graphic design, planning and research. When effectively coordinated, our skills and energy are the most important ingredients for effective student advocacy,” Mr. Fraser said.

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