An International Youth Leaders Camp was inaugurated in Georgetown Village today. Our Dangriga correspondent Harry Arzu was on hand and filed the following report.
Harry Arzu – Dangriga Correspondent:
An official ceremony to make the opening of an International Youth Leaders’ Camp was help today at the Georgetown Technical High School, located at mile 29 on the Southern Highway, near Georgetown Village in the Stann Creek District. The guest speaker for the event was Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Hon Herman Longsworth.
Hon Herman Longsworth – Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports:
The purpose of the Youth Camp is to empower, to equip, our youth leaders with the wherewithal, with what they need, the requisite information and skills to go back into their communities, and to then empower the youth in their communities. We hope that they will also, as we have international representation here, that they will interact with people from abroad and pick up what are the best practices happening in other countries, and that they will also be able to also use those best practices to move and empower our youth across this country.
There are quite a few programs. We teach entrepreneurial skills. We try to get our youth to appreciate that they can become their own bosses, and they don’t need to depend upon other people to employ them. We try to assist them with the arts etcetera. We moved sporting programs. In fact , as a part of this camp there will be sporting activities that they will be taught to some extent.
Pricilla Salam is a Senior Youth Development Officer for the Western Region. She talks to us about the objective of the camp.
Pricilla Salam – Youth Development Officer:
The objectives of the International Youth Leaders’ Camp 2013 is to improve the leadership skills of the 150 youth leaders that we’ve brought here to Georgetown. It’s also to promote and communicate information, highlighting the National Youth Policy that was just passed by Cabinet earlier this year, and within that National Youth Policy we have the National Youth Development Council that we’re hoping to establish. Hence we have these youth leaders here, and we’re going to inform them about it, and maybe they can then nominate people within their community or themselves to be part of that National Youth Development Council.
Jason Hyde is a participant at the camp. He spoke to us about his expectation.
Jason Hyde – Youth Leaders’ Camp Participant:
My expectation is to be empowered to be one of the upcoming leaders, as the purpose of the camp is to teach young people how to be the next leaders in carrying on this legacy the we have started, and also to go and do the outreaches that they want to do. It’s always a pleasure to serve people and that’s how you became great leaders by serving. And to also learn more about the different things that they are teaching about, especially with the Guatemala Belize claim. And to just build a network with other young people, because our young people are the ones who will change this nation and the people , and teach them in learning how to work with each other. You can carry on from there to developing a bright future for the other youth in Belize.
Other official guests at the event were: Area Representative for Stann Creek West, Hon Rodwell Ferguson; Senior Superintendent of Police and Commander for the Southern region, Robert Mariano; as well as the chairman for Georgetown Village.
The international camp sees participation from Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Bahamas.