Women are under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This is even more true for women who are part of ethnic minority groups. But if representation is important to achieving equality for all, then girls must see others like them doing things they might never have imagined. It’s why Toshaunae Norris, a 19-year-old correspondent …

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A Commonwealth citizen is generally described as a person, who is a national of any country within the Commonwealth of Nations. Under this organization, these nations agree to support the values and principles of the Commonwealth which addresses key matters such as democracy, equality, as well as access to health and education. This simple description …

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It is indeed a privilege to be here and more importantly to join with other Caribbean nations in the celebration of this ‘Caribbean Youth Day’. ‘Youth’, irrespective of colour, creed, nationality or religion have for decades been heralded as ‘the wave of the future’ and the backbone on which any economy stands. The term ‘Youth’ …

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November 17 -19, 2010 Georgetown, Guyana The value of education can never be understated.  Education is not a privilege but is the right of every individual, thus the major stakeholder in the education system is its students. On November 17th, 2010 a historic roundtable was convened in Georgetown, Guyana under the auspices of the Commonwealth …

Final Communiqué Of the Regional Student Leaders Round Table Read More »

Ms. Shellecia Brooks, the Commonwealth Youth Representative for Anguilla, recently attended The Commonwealth  Youth Leaders’ Conference in Chandigarh, India from December 13th to 17th, 2010. The Conference which was held under the theme ‘Our Year, Our Voice’ was attended by youth representatives from a  number of Commonwealth countries spanning the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Pacific …

Commonwealth Ambassador, Shellecia Brooks attends Youth Leadership Conference in India Read More »

The Barbados Youth Development Council will be hosting a one day seminar entitled Youth Employment : Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies for the way forward in collaboration with the regional office of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. The impetus for this seminar arises from the special youth report released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in August 2010 …

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT: CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNTIES AND STRATEGIES Read More »

A recent post in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters” blog touched upon an important idea: That we should focus on poor people, not just poor countries. When the World Bank carried out its annual reclassification in July, Senegal, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen all graduated to middle-income status – countries that have reached the US$1,000 or …

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