ECCB Hosts Youth LEAD Conference for ECCU Secondary School Students
Over 300 students representing 40 schools from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are now more self-aware of their potential to be leaders having attended the first-ever ECCU Youth LEAD Conference for secondary schools on 19 January.
The forum, which was conducted via videoconference, allowed Parliamentarians, representatives of the business sector and educators to share their insights on leadership and entrepreneurship with the students and teachers in attendance.
In his welcoming remarks, The Honourable Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, St Kitts and Nevis reminded the students that innovation begins with them. He encouraged the students to maximise the various opportunities available for their self-development and that of their respective countries.
Senator Winston Garraway, Minister of State within the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs, Grenada who delivered the opening remarks, challenged the students to place learning, empowering of self and others, achievement of their goals and self-development as the basis of their growth and success.
The challenging yet rewarding journey of entrepreneurship and leadership was highlighted by the presenters as they encouraged the students to tap into their creative side to become problem solvers and innovators; to purse their passion, to plan their success in a systematic and disciplined manner, to seek out business partners and mentors who share their vision and values. Additionally, several hands-on activities afforded the students opportunities to share experiences and network with their peers from across the region.
In their evaluation of the Conference, the students echoed the following sentiments: