Stu­dents at Child Re­search Sym­po­sium An­gered by Lead­ers

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Sir, I am a 13-year-old stu­dent and I am dis­turbed by the at­ten­tion our of­fi­cials give to mat­ters which are im­por­tant. To­day (Thurs­day Novem­ber 19th) stu­dents around the is­land were en­gaged in a child re­search sym­po­sium which was held at the Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel. At the be­gin­ning of this sym­po­sium we were graced with the pres­ence of many a dis­tin­guished guest in­clud­ing the min­is­ter of health. In her open­ing re­marks she en­sured us that she was in­ter­ested in what we had to say and that our voices were im­por­tant. How­ever, when the ac­tual pre­sen­ta­tions by the stu­dents were be­ing made, the of­fi­cials, who in my opin­ion have the power to ef­fect the changes which we were propos­ing, left. All who were left were the teach­ers and stu­dents. Many stu­dents were an­gered; we spent hours preparing those pre­sen­ta­tions and in my opin­ion they fell on deaf ears. How se­ri­ous are we about change? How se­ri­ous are we about lis­ten­ing to young peo­ple? In my opin­ion this ac­tiv­ity will go ab­so­lutely nowhere.

- Krystyan Sev­erin

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