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High school students to participate in Youth Forum

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Scores of students are expected to attend the National Child Month Committee's (NCMC) annual youth forum today at the St Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road, Kingston.

To be held under the theme 'Healthy Children Build a Stronger Nation', the forum will be a daylong interactive event which will see students at the secondary level delivering oral and cultural presentations in the areas of health.

The Queen's School will be presenting on the topic 'The Relevance and Importance of Nutrition to Maintaining Good Health', while Charlie Smith High will focus on 'The Relevance and Importance of Physical Activity to Maintaining Good Health'.

Wolmer's Boys' and St Hugh's High schools will make presentations on 'The Relevance and Importance of Mental Wellness to Maintaining Good Health', and 'The Relevance and Importance of Spiritual Awareness to Maintaining Good Health', respectively.

Chair of the NCMC Dr Pauline Mullings said the annual forum provides a platform for students to express their ideas and concerns about topical issues and how these matters affect their well-being.

"It allows them to come up with solutions to problems as well as learn about their responsibility to effect positive change on matters that concern them," she noted.

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green is scheduled to deliver the keynote address, while Patron of Child Month Douglas Orane will bring greetings.

Students participating in the forum will be drawn from 23 high schools in the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, Clarendon, and St Catherine. The day's activities will start at

10 a.m. and will include entertainment and exhibition booths mounted by the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, the National Family Planning Board, and the National Council on Drug Abuse.

The youth forum remains one of several activities organised by the NCMC, which, since its inception in 1953, has spearheaded the annual observance of Child Month.