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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019. 7:37 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: International Youth Day 2019 is being celebrated under the theme, “Transforming education.”

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Youth, this year’s theme is highlighting efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth, including efforts by the youth themselves.

Belize’s Department of Youth Services hosted open days at all their regional youth centers, including the Yabra Community Centre which hosted a Massage Summer Class to give youth a discipline in Body Therapy, Stress Relief Methods and Health and Fitness.

Renata Samuels, Public Relations Director for the Department of Youth Services, highlighted the other services offered by the Department once known as “Youth for the Future.”

These include barbering and hairstyling, small business and business process outsourcing, and the work of the musicians in the recording studio, culminating in a short one-hour concert this afternoon – which might fall under non-traditional forms of education.

CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Kris Miller, presented the launch of the Department’s new website – – and a national “Youth Directory,” featuring all of the youth groups registered countrywide (so far about 351 registered) to provide spaces for young people to engage, learn and grow, and connect with each other. An official certificate of registration will be provided.

And back on the subject of education, the Department is planning a giveaway of 50 school backpacks ahead of schools restarting in September.


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