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  • Global Brand Manager at GraceKennedy Limited, Anthony Lawrence addressed the annual Youth Forum.
  • He said young people must take responsibility for their actions now.
  • More than 200 high school students from Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas participated in the forum.

Students from across the island have been urged to prepare to take their rightful place as future leaders of the society.

The call came from Global Brand Manager at GraceKennedy Limited, Anthony Lawrence on Friday, November 1, as he addressed the annual Youth Forum held at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road.

He said that in preparing to assume their various roles, young people must take responsibility for their actions now. “Don’t delay it for tomorrow, you can make a change now,” Mr. Lawrence said.

He further encouraged the students to do well in school by studying their lessons, paying attention to their teachers and counsellors and conducting themselves in an orderly manner.

“Be the best you can be, always plan ahead and take responsibility for your own actions. Even as young people, you have the power to start making a difference,” he added.

More than 200 high school students from Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas participated in the forum organised by the National Child Month Committee.

Child Rights Associate at the Caribbean Child Development Centre, Heather Gallimore, during her presentation, highlighted the various child rights and responsibilities.

Some of these include the right to an education, privacy, legal assistance, guidance and counselling, vocational training, and the right to express an opinion.

This year’s forum was held under the theme: ‘Children’s Care and Protection: A Fi Wi Mission’, and included presentations from four high schools.

Students from Ardenne High School did a presentation on ‘Care and Protection provided by Parents’; Morant Bay High focused on ‘Care and Protection provided by Schools’; Bridgeport High focused on ‘Care and Protection provided by the Community’ ; while Papine High presented on the ‘Care and Protection provided by the State’.

Initially a Child Month activity in May, 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 NCMC, instituted in 1953, brings together a number of agencies working with and on behalf of children in an effort to focus on their needs, and heighten public awareness on the relevant issues affecting the nation’s children.