Minister Hinds commends ‘Passionate, Intelligent’ Youth Parliamentarians

15th January, 2021, Port-of-Spain: “I was truly buoyed to view the 18th National Youth Parliament Debate; it was certainly a show of youth who are passionate, intelligent and excellent researchers. These qualities align with my Ministry’s philosophy that youth should participate in decision-making for matters that impact them.”

This, from the Minister of Youth Development and National Service, the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds as he praised the Youth Parliamentarians who recently participated in the 18th National Youth Parliament Debate. The private motion “Implementation of New Strategies for Bridging the Digital Divide in Trinidad and Tobago” was debated virtually on Monday 11th January, 2021.

Twenty-five (25) Youth Parliamentarians were selected from groups of Sixth Form students, tertiary level educational institutions and youth-based organizations throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

     “I must make mention of the leading debaters Khaleen Ali, Kemuel Pascall and Kobe Sandy who copped the top three spots at the debate. Their ability to think on their feet and respond to their peers were truly unmatched. Their diligence proves that debating is not exclusive to their female counterparts whom, historically, have dominated this field. They are exceptional examples for our young men to get involved in self-development activities and make positive contributions to our society,” encouraged Minister Hinds.  

     “I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Ms Analisa Ramsaran – Youth Parliamentarian Minister of Youth Development and National Service, who in her contribution referenced the recently-approved National Youth Policy of Trinidad and Tobago. It was clear that she took the time to research and analyse the work of this Ministry,” Minister Hinds cited. “On the heels of this Youth Parliament, it is a fine opportunity for all 25 participants and all youth in general to familiarize themselves with the Policy that will guide the youth agenda until 2025.”

     “So, again, I thank them for their sterling contributions in the Debate and for being ‘true patriots’ and I look forward to seeing great things from these young people as they continue to advance in their various spheres,” the Minister concluded.

The Ministry Youth Development and National Service (MYDNS) has responsibility for the implementation of the National Youth Policy, the Retiree Adolescent Partnership Programme, the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme, the Cooperative Development Division, the Enterprise Development Division, the Friendly Societies Division, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Military-Led Academic Training Programme and the State Enterprise - National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO).



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