Scores of young people converged at the Port Mall in Scarborough to share their perspectives during a special edition of Youth Chill and Chat on International Youth Day (August 12). It was the third installation of the series and was earmarked by the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs in collaboration with the Tobago Youth Council to explore this year’s IYD theme, “Transforming education”.
Programme Coordinator of the Department of Youth Affairs Julien Skeete highlighted in his remarks, “It is not about transforming a system that has been set exclusively by those who have a wealth of experience. What it is about is seeking to have an input to transform a system. Those of you who are actually the users or beneficiaries of this system are contributing to how it works and how it functions.”
Discussions during the event focused on effective teaching methods, integrating technology in the classroom, the accessibility and inclusiveness of education, the importance of skills training and targeting more youth at the primary school level. The evening’s panel was comprised of an engaging combination of youth and experience. Panelists included: Educator and entrepreneur Abeni Taylor, Creative director and recording artiste Keylon Whitlock, President of the Speyside High School Student Council Esai Hunte, Educator Nkocy Fletcher and Junior Secretary for Tourism Kayleigh Lewis.
In her comments Lewis shared, “In one’s pursuit to become a successful professional it’s likely that we will encounter challenges therefore it is of paramount importance that we consider the holistic development of individuals in terms of how they analyze situations, how they think critically and how they use strategies to solve problems.”
The Youth Chill and Chat Series culminates on September 23, 2019 with discussions under the topic, “Youth’s solutions to crime and violence in Tobago”.