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Phase 5A activities Feb-Aug 2005

Following the overall assessment of the forum, conducted by Darcy Nugent, her findings were discussed with island partners at a meeting in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines in July 2005. Subsequently it was decided to revise the look of the forum so that it became more user-friendly and more attractive. New features were also added; these included a special section for younger users under 12-years of age, a Teacher contact section, and Links to related websites. The opening page now has the following format.

YOUTH FORUM


Students from small islands around the world talking among themselves about island living

Small Islands Voice Youth Forum Phase 5: 2006

Topics

Students speak out (13 years and older)

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

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Students speak out (12 years and under)

Topic 4

Topic 5

Topic 6

Small Islands Voice Youth Forum is maintained by Administrator with WebBBS 5.01.

Students through their teachers were invited to submit articles on any topic of interest, and the subjects ranged from hurricane preparations to ecotourism and from the Creole culture to crime and violence. The ecotourism theme was easily the most popular.

Students from schools in Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cook Islands, Cuba, Fiji, Formosa, Dominica, Maldives, Seychelles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines took part in this phase of the forum.

The forum continues to provide a means for action on the ground. Jahisiah Benoit in his response during the discussion between Seychelles and Dominican students on the Creole culture wrote: 'It would be great if we could establish an exchange program to experience and learn from our two festivals and enrich those of our nations when we return home'. The requested exchange is scheduled for October 2006 and is being funded through the Youth Visioning for Island Living initiative (www.youthvisioning.org).

It was also interesting to see that older students read and responded to some of the younger students' articles and vice versa.

 

To get involved, contact :

 

Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform
UNESCO, Paris, France
csi1@unesco.org
fax: +33 1 45 68 58 08
 

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