Home Page

Caribbean
Indian Ocean
Pacific

INDIAN OCEAN - Seychelles Activities


Youth Exchange between Seychelles and Maldives


OBJECTIVES AND LOGISTICS FOR THE SIV YOUTH EXCHANGE VISIT BETWEEN SEYCHELLES AND THE MALDIVES

AIMS/OBJECTIVES

To strengthen Small Island States' relationships and share experiences in reinforcing island environment and development issues. Students from Seychelles and the Maldives should be able to discuss common environmental, social and development problems; discuss possible solutions and how to implement them and prepare a project that the students in the two countries can undertake and implement themselves.

Rationale

Started in early 2002, Small Islands Voice (www.smallislandsvoice.org) is an inter-regional initiative focusing on small islands - both small island developing states, and islands with other affiliations - in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions. The goal of this initiative is that the voice of the general public in small islands is heard loud and clear and that this voice becomes a driving force for island development.

Involving young people in determining the future of their islands is an important part of this initiative. The Youth section of Small Islands Voice website is available at: http://www.unesco.org/csi/smis/siv/YoungIslanders/young.htm

In addition, Small Islands Voice (SIV) Youth Forum (www.sivyouth.org, with user name view and password only) was launched in September 2002. Involving more than 30 schools from different islands, it gives the students from the three regions the possibility to:

  • Find out the views of youth in islands on issues of direct interest to them
  • Promote direct interaction between youth in different islands and different regions
  • Promote mutual sharing of views and information

The idea of having an exchange was initiated by the SIV Youth Forum coordinator for the Praslin Secondary School, Miss Farida Camille, who feels strongly about the forum and would like students to, not only communicate through the internet on the issues common in the small states but also see for themselves what different countries are doing to battle arousing problems or menaces.

Through such an exchange, students are able to share ideas, experiences and work on an ongoing common project at the school level, which they can then evaluate and sensitise other members of their community about. This can then be expanded to the national level with the help of supporting ministries.

LOGISTICS

Date: 4th to the 12th January 2004

Lodging/accommodation: Hosted by teachers in Male - girls and boys separately

Cost: Over SR15,000

  • Discounted air fares given by Air Seychelles (SR 2500 per person)
  • UNESCO provided US$ 1,000 paid directly to Air Seychelles as a contribution towards the air fares
  • Participants had to raise Rs10,000 altogether, and fund raising was done through sponsor letters
  • Parents were prepared to contribute towards pocket money for the students

Participants:
Four S4 students: Alizee Ferrari, Anna-Rita Stravens, Marc Lesperance, Jean Marc Athanase One S1 student: Lorraine Stravens
Accompanied by: Miss Farida Camille

Government support: Mr. Rolph Payet and Mr. Alain De Commarmond of the Ministry of Environment have been working hard with UNESCO to support this activity.

Proposed Plan of activities:
DAY TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION CO- ORDINATOR (S)
4th JAN (Sun) 9:55pm ARRIVAL OF SEYCHELLOIS AIRPORT  
5th JAN (Mon)

8:00am

 

2:00pm

 


5:00pm

MEETINGS (MoE; MoFAMR)

Sightseeing; Artificial Beach, Schools,Parks, Museum, Dumpsite, Youth Centre, IGMH (Discussanything common/ Share ideas/knowledge)

Vilingili Creative Crafts and Arts Centre,Flats, School and dinner (cultural show-I hour Seychellois/Maldivians Culture)

Male' Respective Ministries
6th JAN (Tues) 8:00am Leave to Thilafushi(Reclamation, Villa Gas, Maldives Cement, Fibre-glass,Meysthiri, Gulf Craft) ( Debate on small islandeconomy-Arts and Crafts- during observation and studytrips to Thilafushi (an island primarily reclaimedfrom garbage) Thilafushi  
7th JAN (Wed) 8:00am Leave to Hulhumale' (Flats,School Nursery, Mosque, DHIRAAGU), garbage disposalarea(Hulhumale' (a reclamation project island linkedto the airport).WORK ON PROJECT TO start gettingSchools to think about sustainability issues, andtargeting a zero-tolerance for litter) Hulhumale'  
8th JAN (Thurs) 8:00am Leave to Huraa & Himmafushi(Visit kulhi; Dumping site; Youth Camp site) Huraanother inhabited island where inland pond reclamationis under way) Huraa & Himmafushi  
9th JAN (Fri) 8:00am Funadhoo Picnic andFishing(Discuss/Organise producing an output eg, afuture project that addresses problems common to bothcountries, and as Seychelles is also a major Fishingnation in the IO, we could perhaps look at developingsomething targetting sustainable fisheries (eg. say,campaign against shark fishing - which will also givelinks to the tourism industry in both countries). Funadhoo  
10th JAN (Sat) 8:00am Leave to Maafushi & Guraidhoo(Visit ETCC; Dumping site; Centre for Disabled) tripsto Maafushi and Guraidhoo(both inhabited islandshaving dumping and garbage disposal problems) Maafushi& Guraidhoo  
11th JAN (Sun) 12:00noon Follow -up meetings in Male'and meeting Press.   Respective Ministries/Press
12th JAN (Mon) 5:35am Departure to Seychelles AIRPORT  

 
 

To get involved, contact :

 
 

National Co-ordinators
Mr Rolph Payet and Mr Alain De Comarmond
Ministry of Environment
PO Box 677, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: + 248 224 644
Fax: 248 322 945
rolph@seychelles.sc
a.deco@pps.gov.sc

 

| Home Page |
About |Caribbean | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Young Islanders | Global Forum