The Rights of the Child Commission in collaboration with ChildLinK, organized a Youth Ambassadors camp held from August 2, 2017 to August 4, 2017 at Santa Mission, Region Three. The objective of the camp was to train selected secondary school aged youth from Regions Three, Four and Five, to raise awareness of child rights as stated in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) among their peers. The Youth Ambassadors were trained to take a more active role in student to student support and also engaging parliament through available means.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Dr. Barton Scotland and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Sherlock Isaacs gave presentations on the functions of parliament, the role of parliamentarians and the mechanisms in place to facilitate youth involvement.
The Youth Ambassadors shared their views on the rights of children in the Guyanese context as well as the current situation in schools and their communities with regards to violence and other social issues. There were several interactive sessions where the Youth Ambassadors also shared their recommendations for several issues which included community development and gender equality.
Scotia Bank Marketing Manager, Jennifer Cipriani, addressed the Youth Ambassadors on the importance of education and reading. ScotiaBank supported the Youth Ambassador camp by making a tangible donation to the Youth Ambassadors.
The Youth Ambassadors programme has nine values to guide the youth which includes: a commitment to child rights, a commitment to service and teamwork.