As the Saint Lucia National Trust gears up to host its 6th annual Youth Environment Forum (YEF) under the World Heritage Day 2014 theme “The Heritage of Commemoration”, Communications and Advocacy Officer Karetta Crooks-Charles is encouraging youth to help SLNT raise awareness of the country’s heritage among their peers.
Crook-Charles said in a statement that the last three forums were held simultaneously in the North and South of the island and attracted students’ ages seven to 18 years island-wide. However, due to budgetary constraints this year, the organization might have to revert to staging the forum in one venue, with half of its usual target of 120 students.
She said despite this participants can expect five exhilarating days of the environment forum. In the past, participants have requested through evaluation forms that the July scheduled activity be extended to two weeks.
This year’s forum is from Friday, July 25 through to Thursday, July 31. Participants will learn through interactive in-class presentations from like-minded agencies, as well as exciting field trips to some of the island’s historical gems that are rarely explored.
Since space is limited, the national trust has asked those interested to submit their registration forms at its secretariat office at the Pigeon Island National Landmark or to its southern office located at the Maria Islands Interpretation Centre in Vieux Fort, no later than June, 6, 2014.
Over the years, YEF has meaningfully engaged close to 200 youngsters during a week of education through exploration of the island’s heritage.
The aim of the forum is to empower youths to become advocates for Saint Lucia’s natural and cultural heritage. Registration and consent forms for prospective participants can be downloaded at http://www.slunatrust.org/news/youth-environment-forum-2014.