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An all day workshop, which focusses on teaching young people how to create a vision to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Organisation of American States (OAS) Human Prosperity Goals, is being organised for 75 National Secondary School Student Council (NSSC) leaders, youth ambassadors, and members of community youth organisations and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica.
A one-day event, dubbed: ‘Taking Personal Responsibility ‘Educulture’ Workshop Forum, will take place on Friday, October 16 at the International University of the Caribbean, 47 Old Hope Road, Kingston from 8:30 am to 3:30pm.
While 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 pursing in order to overcome challeneges 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. They will also focus on ways of achieving a global partnership for development.
Jamaica will once again welcome 16-year-old Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Vizion and youth social activist, Choc’late Allen and her team, which includes 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 Limited.
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 cooperation 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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