CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – THE Department of Youth on Nevis has pledged to provide the necessary opportunities for the development of young people on the island.
Minister of Youth in the Nevis Island Administration, Eric Evelyn made the announcement during his presentation to kickstart April Youth Month on Nevis.
He said that the month is specifically used to celebrate “all young people”.
"To provide quality experiences for youth between the ages of 11 and 30 necessary for positive growth and development that will lead to well-adjusted and civic-minded citizens, the Department of Youth, through its programmes, seeks to inspire and empower our young people to take leadership roles in their communities.”
With this year’s month being celebrated under the theme “Your Rights, My Rights, Our Rights: Stand for Human Rights”, Minister Evelyn said it is a call for all young people to raise awareness on the UNESCO sanctioned human rights.
He noted that the theme is also a call for all youthful citizens to facilitate the creation of a world where people treat each other with respect and dignity; where peaceful solutions are sought between individuals, groups and nations.
The Minister emphasised that ultimately men, women, boys and girls should be given the opportunity to enjoy their human rights.
He suggested that the path to achieving human rights goals begins with education.
“Throughout the month of April, the Department of Youth will bring to focus the human rights through various activities that will see the participation of our young people from across the island, including Youth Day of Prayer, Youth for Human Rights March, Easter Camp dubbed ‘Camp Rights’, Youth in the News, Youth Impact 12, Be a Career Choice Day and visit to Her Majesty’s Prison.”
According to the Minister, the events are planned with young persons in mind and would try to reach as many young persons as possible.
“I am admonishing all young people to take advantage of the offerings of the Department throughout this month and to participate in as many activities as possible.”