The hard work of many young people and organizations did not go unnoticed today as Minister of Culture, Sports & Youth Stephen Lashley publicly commended them at the official launch of National Youth Week 2017.
During a church service at Carrington Wesleyann Holiness Church Lashley said as a result of the hard work and initiative of young people through the coordination of the ministry, many essential supplies to Dominica as well as Barbuda were already dispatched.
“I believe that their response to the disaster occasioned by the last two hurricanes is a positive thing because it was the young people who mobilized, who created the drives, our young people wanted to help and that is a positive thing.
Lashley said one important aspect of the National Youth Week Programme is to encourage volunteerism.
“During this national Youth Week, the young people of Barbados are mobilizing and they are asking fellow young people to join them in providing, even more, assistance to our brothers and sisters in affected Caribbean Islands,” he said noting that it was important to be our brother’s keeper.
CARICOM Youth Ambassador Zuwena Perry described the week as ‘necessary’ especially within the current social uncertainty the country faces.
“It is with too much frequency that one can pick up a newspaper and see the front page plastered with youth who have been charged with committing some atrocious act, being marched away from the courthouse in handcuffs,” she said.
She noted that it was just as important to recognise and celebrate young people doing positive things.
“The youth are a force to be reckoned with. A point which has become increasingly evident in the wake of the ordeals faced by our neighbouring countries, after the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” she said
National Youth Week is being observed under the theme Forging Sustainable Futures through Youth Participation.