High school stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in Youth Fo­rum

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

SCORES OF stu­dents are ex­pected to at­tend the National Child Month Com­mit­tee’s (NCMC) an­nual youth fo­rum to­day at the St An­drew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road, Kingston.

To be held un­der the theme ‘Healthy Chil­dren Build a Stronger Na­tion’, the fo­rum will be a day­long in­ter­ac­tive event which will see stu­dents at the se­condary level de­liv­er­ing oral and cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions in the ar­eas of health.

The Queen’s School will be pre­sent­ing on the topic ‘The Rel­e­vance and Im­por­tance of Nu­tri­tion to Main­tain­ing Good Health’, while Char­lie Smith High will fo­cus on ‘The Rel­e­vance and Im­por­tance of Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity to Main­tain­ing Good Health’.

Wolmer’s Boys’ and St Hugh’s High schools will make pre­sen­ta­tions on ‘The Rel­e­vance and Im­por­tance of Men­tal Well­ness to Main­tain­ing Good Health’, and ‘The Rel­e­vance and Im­por­tance of Spir­i­tual Aware­ness to Main­tain­ing Good Health’, re­spec­tively.

Chair of the NCMC Dr Pauline Mullings said the an­nual fo­rum pro­vides a plat­form for stu­dents to ex­press their ideas and con­cerns about top­i­cal is­sues and how these mat­ters affect their well­be­ing.

“It al­lows them to come up with so­lu­tions to prob­lems as well as learn about their re­spon­si­bil­ity to ef­fect pos­i­tive change on mat­ters that con­cern them,” she noted.

State Min­is­ter in the Ministry of Education, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Floyd Green is sched­uled to de­liver the key­note ad­dress, while Pa­tron of Child Month Dou­glas Orane will bring greet­ings.

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fo­rum will be drawn from 23 high schools in the parishes of Kingston, St An­drew, St Thomas, Claren­don, and St Cather­ine. The day’s ac­tiv­i­ties will start at 10 a.m. and will in­clude en­ter­tain­ment and ex­hi­bi­tion booths mounted by the Broad­cast­ing Com­mis­sion of Ja­maica, the National Fam­ily Plan­ning Board, and the National Coun­cil on Drug Abuse.

The youth fo­rum re­mains one of sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by the NCMC, which, since its in­cep­tion in 1953, has spear­headed the an­nual ob­ser­vance of Child Month.

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