Thirty secondary school students and young professionals under the age of 25 are this week learning how to prepare themselves for the world of work.
They are participating in the first Rotary International Affairs Summer Academy being held at the United Nations House, Christ Church.
The academy is a partnership between the Rotary Clubs in Barbados and United Nations Development Porgramme, Barbados.
Participants are being exposed to careers in international affairs and would be interacting with professionals of the United Nations and other international organisations based in Barbados.
Lisa Cummins, director of international service for the Rotary Club of Barbados, told Barbados TODAY this morning that the academy was organised because it was recognised that numerous young people did not understand what jobs were being offered in the international community or the skills necessary to meet those needs.
On Thursday, she explained the young participants would be given a taste of what it means to be an international diplomat when they act in that capacity.
“We have brought together a range of experts from within the United Nations system and international relations systems here in Barbados to expose [participants] to what they do on a daily basis and what their job prospects are as a result. We are also pleased to have 15 US [United States] high school students from North Carolina joining us one day of the week. So it is going to be a fantastic experience . . .,” Cummins said.
Meanwhile, Alex McDonald, president of Rotary Club of Barbados urged the participants to think about how they can make a difference in their homes, communities and, by extension, the world.
“We charge you to take this as a very serious week. The fate of the world is in your hands. Let us resolve to treat all men and women on this planet whatever their race, creed or nationality as members of the human family whose destiny we share. Let us respect their rights as we would wish them to respect ours,” McDonald said in his message to participants.