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  • Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will interact with young people at a ‘pon di corna’ reasoning session, scheduled for Friday, March 20, at the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
  • The session, organised by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, in collaboration with various agencies under the Ministry, will focus on issues affecting children and the youth, including young persons with special needs.
  • Senior Programmes Development Specialist in the Ministry, Miguel Williams, told JIS News that the session will also highlight the need for children and communities to be more aware of the issues that are affecting the nation’s children.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will interact with young people at a ‘pon di corna’ reasoning session, scheduled for Friday, March 20, at the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The session, organised by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, in collaboration with various agencies under the Ministry, will focus on issues affecting children and the youth, including young persons with special needs.

Senior Programmes Development Specialist in the Ministry, Miguel Williams, told JIS News that the session will also highlight the need for children and communities to be more aware of the issues that are affecting the nation’s children.

He said it will address the recent acts of violence against children, youth with disability and child abuse.

“The Ministry saw it as important to have dialogue with the youngsters as well as to step up synergies and partnerships, in terms of programming for young people with special needs and disabilities,” he noted.

“We want to hear from the young people and to send the message that persons need to take the lead and really not be an abuser of children with special needs and to look out for them,” Mr. Williams urged.

He said the Ministry has noted the recent reports of attacks and sexual abuse against children.

“So, it is really a platform to go and hear from our youth and talk to them, because they are under attack,” he said, noting that the session will feature cultural items from various youth groups across Kingston and St Andrew.

The next Pon di Corna session will be in Westmoreland in April.