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Poetry competition for Youth Visioning for Island Living

As one of the activities to involve youth throughout the country in the preparations for the Youth Visioning for Island Living event to be held in Mauritius in January 2005, alongside the International Meeting on the review of the Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States, a poetry contest was held in May-June 2004, organised by the Bequia Community High School. Exciting prizes were offered by the local business community to the winners, including weekends at resort hotels. The theme of the contest centred around the marine or terrestrial environment with emphasis on protection, preservation, conservation and sustainable use.

Ms. Trachia Simmons of Bequia Community High School was the first prize winner, and she read her winning poem to an audience of more than 70 people at a Town Hall Meeting in Bequia on 17th June, 2004. Her poem, entitled 'Be environmentally friendly', starts off as follows:

Have you ever thought of the things we need in life?
Things to support our children,
Husband and wife?
These things are found above,
Below, before and behind us.
Yes my friends, the sea and our
Surroundings should be our main focus

To read the rest of this poem, as well as those of the other prize winners: Ms Cherian Gordon, Mr. Lesroy Lewis, Ms. Denika Compton and Ms. Rosann Gordon, click here.


To get involved, contact :

National Co-ordinators
Mr. Herman Belmar
Bequia Community High School
P. O. Box 75,
Port Elizabeth,
Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
T: + 1 784 458 3385
Mrs. Joanna Stowe
Bequia Community High School
P.O. Box 47 BQ, Friendship,
Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
T: + 1 784 458 3385

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