In recognition of the United Nations International Youth Day, the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate’s Safe Haven Project hosted a special event to celebrate young people on St Helena at the Mule Yard, Jamestown, today, Friday 13 September 2019.
The event ran from 10am-3pm and was hosted for Year 9 and 10 students of Prince Andrew School.
The programme for the day included the Jamestown Amazing Race, Lunch, where students were issued vouchers for meals, drinks and a treat, novelty sports in the Leisure Park and an Apple Eating Competition. Young people who did not wish to participate in specific events were able to take part in other activities at the Mule Yard.
Medals and badges for students who took part in the various activities were presented by Youth Leader, Nick Stevens, and his team from New Horizons.
The speeches took place at the Mule Yard at 2.45pm.
Children’s Champion, Councillor Derek Thomas, spoke at the event and said:
“The youth are our future leaders and as the Island develops we will rely on our Youth to step up and form the skill base which we will need. Our education system is also expanding and providing greater learning opportunities.
“As the Children’s Champion I am pleased to say that I am working with the Head Boy of Prince Andrew School, Isaac Greentree, to try and re-establish a Youth Parliament. Once re-established this will provide a platform and a voice for our youth to properly engage with Elected Members and discuss topics which they feel will lead to shaping their future. With the support of my colleagues, I look forward to taking this forward.”
The event concluded with closing remarks by United Nations Safe Haven Project Manager, Nicolene Adams. Nicolene said:
“To all of the youth on St Helena, International Youth Day is a reminder that you are competent, smart, strong and motivated to do things you want. Each of you have a combination of high energies, intelligent brains and smartness – the formula for a successful St Helena.”
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13 September 2019