The Saint Lucia National Youth Council (NYC) signed its first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BrightPath Foundation, an international non-profit organization, to collaborate on a range of technology education initiatives targeted at the youth.
The MOU signing-ceremony was held at the Government Information Service offices in Castries, on May 21, 2013.
The MOU was signed by NYC President Timothy Ferdinand and Executive Director of BrightPath Foundation, Bevil Wooding.
This joint initiative will help young people gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to seize the opportunities presented by modern information and communications technology.
The partnership is the outcome of the successful experience of implementing St. Lucia’s first ever national Mobile App Development workshop by BrightPath for the NYC in 2012.
The organizations have agreed to deepen the partnership by having BrightPath provide a wider set of its values-based digital content training programs for the National Youth Council. Now, in addition to mobile app development, St. Lucian youth can look forward to programs covering digital photography, digital music, eBook publication and other technology areas, with an emphasis on producing relevant local content.
Ferdinand expressed his delight in advancing the relationship with BrightPath into a more structured and sustainable model.
“This is an historic day for the NYC and the youth of St. Lucia,” he said. “We hope to leverage the alignment of this new agreement with other national initiatives focused on using technology to create new opportunities for St. Lucian youth and to amplify their voice in on national development.”
Wooding said: “This MOU underscores the strengthening partnership between BrightPath Foundation and The St. Lucia National Youth Council in the area of technology innovation and youth empowerment. BrightPath is always on the lookout for collaborations with like-minded organizations to mutually leverage on synergies gained from marrying expertise, technological resources and shared interests. We look forward to a rewarding long-term partnership with the NYC.”
Wooding, who is also the chief knowledge officer of Congress WBN, a faith-based non-profit that already has a history of supporting youth development in St. Lucia, added: “Our aim is not only to meet St Lucia’s growing demand for skilled technology resources, but also to inspire the youth to play a more active role national development. We believe the values-based approach to youth engagement being employed here in St. Lucia can serve as a model for the wider Caribbean.”
The MOU between the parties includes collaboration in the following areas:
* Joint design and delivery of formal courses and informal training programmes in the area of values-based leadership, mobile applications development, and digital content creation;
* Publications in areas of mutual interest to raise public awareness of technology-related issues;
* Development of programmes to build capacity and foster technology-based innovation;
institutional support and leadership development;
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