Charlestown-Nevis- The closing ceremony for the two weeks of Easter camp, hosted by the Department of Youth on Nevis, was held on Friday 21st April at NEPAC.
Opening remarks were delivered by Director of Youth, Miss Zahnela Claxton, who soon allowed two of the young participants to lead in directing the program.
Preliminary items included an opening prayer and the singing of the national anthem of St. Kitts and Nevis, along with a unique welcome delivered by some of the participants.
The camp ran for a period of two weeks and was appropriately dubbed ‘CAMP GOAL,’ as the sessions focused on six of the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDG’S) that have been stipulated for attainment by the year 2030, by the United Nations.
Director of the Sustainable Development Department, Mr. Anselm Caines, gave an overview of what the SDG’S are all about and noted that he was pleased that Miss Claxton and the Youth Department staff had decided to use the camp to focus on the SDG’S.
He told the children that their learning does not end with the camp but that they must continue to read and learn about the sustainable development goals and related matters.
The participants then featured in presenting various aspects of what was learnt during the camp, which was held for the period Monday 10th to Friday 21st April:
Group one sang the well-known chorus ‘I am a Promise’
Group two had two representatives who shared what they had learnt during the past two weeks in the form of a skit and stated that they had lots of fun and learnt a lot.
Janelle Swanston and Blessing Grant presented a poem on Gender equality and Kaylah and company delivered a poem entitled “Life below water’ which highlighted the values and dangers of the ocean.
Victoria gave a demonstration of the wind farm, utilizing a neat table model of the wind farm and pointed out that the local plant produces 10 megawatts of power.
Devroy Manners and company spoke about some of the historical sites on the island. The main highlight of the presentation was the story of Thomas Cottle, of Cottle’s church fame and he received help from some of the other participants in order to illustrate how church services were conducted at Cottle’s church.
This was followed by a demonstration of the masquerade dance by the participants.
Group three focused on the story of the Eden Browne Estate and the infamous marriage that took place there. This was presented in the form of a skit, which was well received.
A video recap of some of the highlights of the camp was also shown on the big screen.
Miss Zahnela Claxton noted that a challenge was given to the students to recite all 17 goals in the correct order and two students took up the challenge.
The two students did an exceptional job and Miss Claxton stated that they will receive special prizes next week.
The camp song, which was written by Mr. Kadeem Herbert and sung by Miss Nailah Daniel, was then played for the benefit of the audience, which included a fair representation of parents.
The afternoon climaxed with the distribution of certificates to the participants, by Miss D. Michelle Liburd, Asst Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, established by the United Nations are:
Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development