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Phase 3 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 http://www.sivyouth.org (with user name view and password only).

Schools 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:

  • Life and love in islands - island lifestyles and cultures
  • My island home - safeguarding island environments
  • Money in my pocket - economic and employment opportunities

These themes 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.

Students from 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.

Starting in 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.

A feature story on the SIV Youth Internet Forum, on the 'Whatkidscando' website (http://www.whatkidscando.org/index.asp) summarises some of the students' views and how they see reform in their island homes.


To get involved, contact :


Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform
UNESCO, Paris, France
fax: +33 1 45 68 58 08

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