The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert has con­grat­u­lated nine­teen-yearold Ajani Le­bourne, on be­ing named a re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious Queen’s Young Lead­ers Award.

The Queen’s Young Lead­ers Pro­gramme has rec­og­nized Ajani from among 60 young peo­ple from across the Com­mon­wealth, for his work to em­power stu­dents to en­sure that their in­ter­ests are rep­re­sented at a lo­cal and na­tional level.

Dr. Rigobert is elated by the lat­est achieve­ment of the young man, who hails from the Mi­coud-North Con­stituency, which is also the con­stituency she is the par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive for. The min­is­ter stated this achieve­ment “sends a clear sig­nal to the world that Saint Lu­cian youth, particularly young men, can rise to greater heights.”

Dr Rigobert said she is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Ajani Le­bourne, to drive pos­i­tive change among young peo­ple in var­i­ous communities around Saint Lu­cia. She also ex­pressed the hope that Ajani’s ac­com­plish­ment will mo­ti­vate other youth in Mi­coud and across the is­land to al­ways strive for ex­cel­lence.

The 60 awardees be­come part of the grow­ing Queen’s Young Lead­ers com­mu­nity, a unique net­work of in­flu­en­tial young change mak­ers be­tween the ages 18-29, who are com­ing to­gether and be­ing sup­ported to be­come an even greater force for good.

Ajani Le­bourne is the im­me­di­ate past Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia stu­dents Coun­cil and a grad­u­ate of the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege. In 2016, he spear­headed a Lead­er­ship Sym­po­sium for stu­dent coun­cils, which en­abled 50 stu­dents to learn about democ­racy and pub­lic speak­ing. Ajani has as one of his ma­jor as­pi­ra­tions, to cre­ate a Na­tional Stu­dents’ Cen­tre, which he hopes would be­come a head­quar­ters for the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Stu­dents’ Coun­cil.

Win­ners of this pres­ti­gious Award will re­ceive a unique pack­age of train­ing, men­tor­ing and net­work­ing, in­clud­ing a one-week res­i­den­tial pro­gramme in the UK dur­ing which they will col­lect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen.

Min­is­ter Rigobert is de­lighted that the re­cip­i­ent of such a pres­ti­gious award is not only Saint Lu­cian, but also a res­i­dent of her con­stituency.

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