activities Feb-Nov 2004
A third phase
of the internet-based youth forum started in February and will
run until November 2004. This forum is available for viewing at
(with user name view and password only).
from the following islands and their students are involved
in the third phase of the forum: Bahamas, Cuba, Dominica, St.
Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, San Andres Archipelago
in the Caribbean; Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles in the Indian
Ocean; Cook Islands, Fiji and Palau in the Pacific. Three main
themes emerged from earlier phases of the forum as the most popular
discussion subjects. These are:
and love in islands - island lifestyles and cultures
island home - safeguarding island environments
in my pocket - economic and employment opportunities
are broad and encompass many different topics
and are the focus of phase 3 of this youth forum. They have also
been selected as the starting point for a major youth initiative
entitled 'Youth visioning for island
living'. This initiative seeks to involve young people in
the ongoing review of the Programme of Action for Small Island
Developing States and its future follow-up. So these phase 3 discussions
on the Small Islands Voice youth forum will feed in to the larger
Youth Visioning initiative.
Hope Town School in Abaco, The Bahamas, prepared an article on
the theme 'Life and love in islands' that was posted on the forum
in early March 2004. This was followed by articles on 'My island
home' from Maldives and 'Money in my pocket' from Fiji.
September 2004, students have been asked to consider a new idea:
'Changes I would like to see in my island'. Youth are being
asked to discuss things that they would like to see changed in
their island and how they can help make those changes happen.
The idea is for youth to use the forum to discuss their ideas
about what should be changed and their role in making this happen.
story on the SIV Youth Internet Forum, on the 'Whatkidscando'
summarises some of the students' views and how they see reform
in their island homes.