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Published: 
Monday, April 16, 2018
UK High Commissioner urges diplomatic corp:
British High Commissioner Tim Stew, left, Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez, centre, and Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon chat after the formal launch of the British High Commission Commonwealth Big Lunch reception at Ambard’s House on Friday. PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR

British High Commissioner Tim Stew has called on his diplomatic colleagues from the Commonwealth to show their support of the Commonwealth Young Leaders either through financing, mentoring or guidance.

Speaking at the Big Lunch Reception on Friday at Roomor (Ambard’s House) at Maraval Road, in Port-of-Spain, which was hosted by the British High Commission, Stew invited eight of the Young Leaders to give a “pitch” or showcase the objective of their planned projects.

The Big Lunch gave the young leaders an opportunity to share their views and goals for an upcoming project.

Stew said the Big Lunch is an annual get-together in the UK where millions of people have joined in a nationwide act of community and friendship in Britain.

He said some 53 countries have joined to celebrate and the meeting was to highlight the work of some of this country’s Commonwealth young leaders.

“I ask you to do something at this point, to listen hard to their presentations and think about whereas a public, private or other leaders you may be able to partner or support them. I hope you will think wider than funding. These days we might all welcome more financial resources but mentorship, guidance and best practice are also invaluable tools for these young leaders,” he said.

Stew said he hoped that in the next few months his fellow Commonwealth diplomatic colleagues would show their support.

Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez said he was present to show his support for the youths.

“The Commonwealth Big Lunch forum is where they allow young people they support through the Commonwealth to bring their initiatives and things that where sponsored to pitch their ideas, companies, project continue to get support as a worthy investment,” he said.

Jean Claude Cournard, who represented the 2 Cents Movement, spoke about the importance of having a digitalised secondary school called the Caribbean Open Resource Secondary.

Cournard said he will get teachers to teach courses which will be available on Youtube for students who were writing CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) exams.

“I wouldn’t be pitching if I didn’t need the help. We want the teachers with the most vibes for a two-month pilot project and a small budget and distribution support,” he said.

He said he is hoping that he will be able to have a meeting with the Ministry of Education to showcase this project to help the students.

Benedict Bryan, a representative of the Humanitarian Association of the Republic of T&T (HARTT), said the organisation will be targeting the police youth clubs and choosing one child from each club to be a champion.

Sian Raghoo, who represented Conflict Women, said they teach domestic violence survivors to learn a trade, product design, business development training as well as free counselling sessions and receive financial assistance.

COMMONWEALTH YOUNG LEADERS

Renew Caribe—Adrian Thomas
When a Sovereign Gives You Their Help (WASGYTH)—Michael Warner
Conflict Women—Sian Raghoo
Humanitarian Association of the Republic of T&T (HARTT)—Benedict Bryan
Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN)—Terez Lord
I Am Youth TT—Luke Quamina
2 Cents Movement—Jean Claude Cournand
Teach Peace Project— Kurba-Marie Questelles (CYPAN) and Alexandra Stewart (2 Cents Movement)

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