By Loshaun Dixon
Basseterre, St. Kitts-Giving the voices of young people an opportunity to be aired is the aim of this year’s youth month celebrations that kicked off last week and will be celebrated in the Federation during November.
Minister of Youth the Hon. Shawn Richards speaking to the media following a march on Friday November 4 throughout Basseterre, organized as part of the month of activities went into detail on the theme “Giving young people a voice.”
“I think it says quite a bit,” he said. “I don’t think that the young people should be demanding a voice, but there should be that general recognition that the young people in St. Kitts and Nevis must be equal partners in the development of St. Kitts and Nevis and as such they must be heard.”
Mr. Richards said they have organized several activities throughout the month aimed at sensitizing the youth in St. Kitts and Nevis
“We have several different activities planned throughout the month,” he declared. “Seeing that it is Youth Month, of course, the activities are geared towards bringing awareness towards the young people in St. Kitts and Nevis and the fact that they are being heard. They are a very important part of the population…Whatever we did todayit will have an impact on young people tomorrow and for years to come.”
The Youth Minister led the march of hundreds of young people throughout Basseterre and praised the participants.
“The march had participants such as the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, the students from some of the primary schools in St. Kitts and Nevis, our Ambassador Core which we are expecting to launch sometime during this month,” he declared. “I think overall the march has been well supported.”
Richards also explained how the month of activities will form part of the Youth Policy that was recently launched.
“The Youth Policy is about young people and here it is that you have young persons taking to the streets of Basseterre to march in solidarity with each other to bring awareness to the fact that they are young persons and must be heard,” he said. “That is what the Youth Policy is all about, the rights and responsibilities of young persons.”
The march culminated at Independence Square with a rally. Other activities planned for the month include 25 Most Remarkable Teens, a convening of the Youth Parliament and Youth Awards Ceremony among others.