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Students benefit from I Believe conference

Published:Monday | October 26, 2015 | 10:00 AMTamara Bailey

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:

The second in the three-part series of the 'I Believe' Youth Consul-tative Conferences got under way last week Thursday at the Golf View Hotel with more than a dozen schools from Middlesex county participating in active discussions on personal development and nation growth.

Held under the theme, 'Talk Di Truth Future Come First-The World in Your Hands' students and other attendees were enlightened on various topical issues including; drug abuse and the law, entrepreneurship and righting the wrong of corruption.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, in his address, expressed that the conference, for the last eight years has been aimed at encouraging young people to step up to the plate.

"Your presence here today, is an assurance that despite our difficulties, challenges and despair, Jamaica's future is in good hands...it is now that you must believe in yourself; believe in what you can offer to make our society a better place...," said Sir Patrick.

changing times

He added: "You have to adapt to the changing times. The best way to bring in the future, is to invest in the future and within this room we have the young people with the potential to make that difference."

In sharing his sentiments, Custos of the parish Sally Porteous pointed out that only a group of young prepared leaders can take the nation forward.

"A lot of effort has been put into this (conference), but it will only be successful if you leave here gaining new knowledge and committing to using this knowledge in your future life. It will take much more than money in the bank to make Jamaica a first world country, it will take new thinking, it will take courage and determination to make decisions, it will take young leaders who are prepared to lead," said Porteous.

Student of the Manchester High School, Diondre Lennon has high hopes that solutions will be found for all the issues being faced by the country.

"This has been quite informative. I particularly appreciate the discussions that surround the issues that were highlighted. We are known to name out problems in this country, but I do hope that from this, solutions can be brought forward," the student said.

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