Leaders in secondary and tertiary-level educational institutions across the Cayman Islands are nominating students to attend the Vybzing Youth Programme.
The invitation-only event is linked to the Caribbean Development Bank’s Annual Board of Governor’s Meeting. Seventy students will participate in group exercises and presentations as they explore their own issues and concerns surrounding citizen security.
“The all-day forum, which will be held on 17 May, will equip youth with the tools to develop their own community based projects on citizen security. Youth representatives also will be given a voice at the annual meeting’s closing ceremony on 24 May to share their views and recommendation for action,” said Angela Parris, Vybzing coordinator and manager of the Caribbean Development Bank’s Information Services Unit.
Chosen for their ability to contribute to the national and regional discussion on citizen security in communities, the students will learn more about the subject from speakers such as Dr. April Bernard, a lecturer in sociology and deputy dean of distance and outreach in the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
They will also hear from Programme Manager Paula Moahamed of the Barbados based United Nations Development Programme and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States; as well as Portfolio Manager of the Social Sector Division of the Caribbean Development Bank Deidre Clarendon.
Opening remarks at the event will be given by CDB’s Vice President of Corporate Services and Bands Secretary Yvette Lemonias Seale and Cayman Minister of Education, Training and Employment Rolston Anglin.
Ms Parris said the youth forum has now become embedded in CDB annual meetings, as a way to inspire, inform and engage youth in the meeting’s host country.
This year’s theme for the youth forum reflects the agenda of the CDB President Warren Smith, who in his address at the 41st Board of Governor’s Meeting in May, 2011, acknowledged that crime and violence is a major contributor to anxiety in the Caribbean society and that as such, it should be given high priority on the development agenda.
“CDB will work very closely with governments, community based organisations and other stakeholders to begin to address the infrastructure deficiencies and social interventions needed to engage and transform communities adversely affected by crime and violence,” Dr. Smith said.