JIS News

Scores of young Jamaicans from secondary and tertiary institutions are expected to participate in a youth rally and conference to commemorate International Students’ Day, on Wednesday, November 17.
The event, which is being organised by the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), is part of activities to celebrate Youth Month (November), being celebrated under the theme: ‘Jamaican Youth: Organising, Integrating and Participating for Development’.
The rally begins at 8:00 a.m. at the May Pen Police station with a march through the town, after which students will be addressed by youth leaders, including representatives from the National Youth Parliament and the President of the National Secondary Students’ Council.
Following the march, there will be a youth conference, at the Vere Technical High School, in Clarendon, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker is the newly installed Executive Director of the Students Loan Bureau, Monica Brown, who will speak on: ‘Funding for Tertiary Students’. There will also be presentations from other financial institutions and youth advocacy groups, including the Students for Transformation, the youth arm of the National Transformation Programme.
Youth Empowerment Officer for Student Governance, NCYD, Kevon Campbell, told JIS News that the rally will focus on topical issues affecting young persons in the parish and how they can “play a more active role in the society and influence positive change within the country.”
He said discussions will focus on the reform of the Students’ Loans Bureau and how the country benefits from public investment in tertiary education, adding that preparations for the event are well advanced.
“Preparations have been going well. It is a national event, so we have to be contacting schools from right across the island, so it is a very long process, very tedious, but we are getting there,” he added.
Since 2004, Jamaica has been hosting International Students’ Day, an international observance of student activism. The date commemorates the anniversary of the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague and the execution of nine student leaders and professors without trial. This inspired the establishment of an anti-Nazi student’s coalition and in 1941; November 17 was declared International Students Day by the International Students Council in London.

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