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Back Chat

A 'Back Chat' programme, aimed at the youth, started early in 2004. This programme aims to help youths:

  • lend a voice to social problems facing the Federation
  • use the media and other forms of communication to espouse the views of small island states

On the 'Breakfast with Toni' radio programme, when members of the SIV coordinating committee were present on 2nd March 2004, several persons called in to talk about the title 'Back Chat', and some callers felt that it would encourage disrespect among the youth. As was mentioned by several speakers at the official launch of 'Back Chat' on 12th March 2004, the programme allows students a chance to air their feelings and concerns in a modern way using back chat as a form of expression, however, the form of back chat must be polite, decent and constructive.

All the secondary schools in the Federation have been contacted and groups of three students (age 15-18 years) and one teacher from each school have been selected to form groups known as SIV Conch Shells. All the school groups met together on 8th March 2004 (one meeting in St. Kitts and one in Nevis) to discuss the project. An official launch for Back Chat was held on Friday 12th March 2004 at the Basseterre High School Auditorium. After the opening ceremony the students and teachers met together to form committees for the school visits, radio/TV programmes and newsletters.

One of the SIV Conch Shell groups, 12th March 2004


To get involved, contact :


National Co-ordinator
Mr. Antonio Maynard
St Kitts and Nevis National Commission for UNESCO
PO Box 333, Cayon Street
Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
T: + 1 869 466 8581
F: +1 869 465 9069


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