Significant strides made in education in St. Kitts-Nevis

Glen Phillip

Saint Kitts and Nevis had made significant strides in education, from the implementation of universal education to that of early childhood education. Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports, Information Technology, Telecommunications and Posts Glen Phillip said that of his country's population of 50,000, youth comprised a significant majority.

Glen Phillip: We believe that it is in the preparation and inclusion of our youth population that we in St. Kitts and Nevis, will continue to accomplish our social objectives. Indeed, it is through preparation and inclusion that these important objectives will be transformed into sustainable economic advancement for all. The qualities of youth are innovation, inspiration and adventure, and as the world around us changes, St. Kitts and Nevis understands that we too must be ever vigilant, resilient and purposeful as we seek to build a most progressive society. Our country has made significant strides in education from the implementation of universal access of education by our first national hero Robert L Bradshaw to implementation of early childhood education.

NAR: Minister Glen Philip said that under the current administration, a culture of student government had been implemented, in order to prepare young people for active participation in Government.

Glen Phillip: We are seeking to develop and manage an E-Learning and Communications Network to digitally connect all our high schools and institutions of higher learning. Our aim is to prepare our youth to effectively participate in the Knowledge society of the present- as well as the Knowledge society that is yet to emerge. We continue to work assiduously in defense of our youth in the ten priority areas identified by the international community and we actively pursue equal education and equal employment opportunities for all our youth as we implement programmes to eliminate hunger and poverty; drug abuse and juvenile delinquency ; while delivering improved health care and a cleaner, safer environment.

NAR: But he said nonetheless, St. Kitts-Nevis and several other Caribbean nations were facing challenges foreign to their pristine, idyllic and nurturing regional lifestyle.

Glen Phillip: I make direct reference to the spectre of guns, drugs, gangs and crime which loom ominously over our nations, our economies and our youth. All of which are foreign to us. Ironically, we do not manufacture guns, or dangerous drugs. However we seem to be the victims of our own geographical locations, where these two elements combined with crime constitute a new era of exploitation in which our youth because of their innocence and fervour are the prime targets of exploitation by universal, and sad to say regional unscrupulous “businessmen” for want of a better word. At this juncture therefore I make a most sincere appeal on behalf of youth of my nation and the entire Caribbean to the wider international community and to leaders of conscience to intervene with us on behalf of our youth, our future!

NAR: St. Kitts-Nevis' Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports, Information Technology and Telecommunications Glen Phillip noted that the technical and financial resources for combating the three pronged scourge are way beyond the reach of the region's developing nations.

And he called for assistance in curtailing what he called "this foreign agent" is crucial to the development of the nations.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 3’55″

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