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KINGSTON — Some 250 high school students are expected to converge at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road, Kingston 10, on Friday, November 4, for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) annual Youth Forum.

To be held under the theme: ‘Our World…Their Future…Our Responsibility’, the forum  will be a day-long interactive event, which will see students participating in both oral and cultural presentations reflecting responsibilities of various segments of society, such as Parents, Children,  School, Church and Community. 

This year marks the first time that students will have the option to interpret the theme, not only through oral presentations, but through other forms of expressions, which include dance, song, poetry and musical instruments.           

The Youth Forum remains one of several activities organised by the NCMC which, since its inception in 1953, has spearheaded the annual celebrations of Child Month.  

This forum is specifically geared towards empowering children by encouraging them to express their ideas about issues that affect them. It provides a comfortable environment for children to learn about their rights and responsibilities and also how to overcome challenges that impede their success.

Initially a Child Month activity in May, since 2006  the Youth Forum was moved to November as the NCMC is committed to organising year-long activities geared towards the nation’s children as well as for the observance of National Youth Month.

The day's activities will commence at 9:00 a.m. and will also include entertainment and exhibition booths.

 

By Judith Hunter, JIS PRO

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