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Issues of education a community responsibility – Ms Sharie B.Y. de Castro

The Rotary Club of Road Town's Youth Forum on September 25, 2013 drew healthy discussion and diverse views from educators, including President of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), Dr Karl Dawson and high school teacher and former Miss BVI, Ms Sharie B.Y. de Castro. Photo: VINO
The Youth Forum heard that matters of youth and their development should be a combination of the influences of parents, the community and government. Photo: VINO
The Youth Forum heard that matters of youth and their development should be a combination of the influences of parents, the community and government. Photo: VINO
Former public prosecutor Ms Jude Hanley (left) and host of the ZROD Morning Ride Show, Mr Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart were also key contributors to the discussion on the education system of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Former public prosecutor Ms Jude Hanley (left) and host of the ZROD Morning Ride Show, Mr Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart were also key contributors to the discussion on the education system of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
The Youth Forum had attracted the interest and participation of a number of youth and adults alike. Photo: VINO
The Youth Forum had attracted the interest and participation of a number of youth and adults alike. Photo: VINO
 L-R: Jude Hanley, Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart, Ms Shari B.Y. de Castro and Dr Karl Dawson were guest speakers at a special youth forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Road Town in observance of Youth Service Month on September 25, 2013. Ms Shaina M. Smith was the moderator. The activity was held at The Moorings. Photo: VINO
L-R: Jude Hanley, Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart, Ms Shari B.Y. de Castro and Dr Karl Dawson were guest speakers at a special youth forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Road Town in observance of Youth Service Month on September 25, 2013. Ms Shaina M. Smith was the moderator. The activity was held at The Moorings. Photo: VINO
WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – “I do not believe that issues such as education are government’s responsibility but a community responsibility…” were the words of high school teacher and former Miss BVI, Ms Sharie B.Y. de Castro.

The young English teacher of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) was among a panel at a Youth Forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Road Town on September 25, 2013. The activity was held at The Moorings and was attended by a number of youth and adult members of the club.

Ms de Castro also noted that community service organisations such as Rotary can do their part to motivate young people and create opportunities in terms of community service, entrepreneurship among others.

Another panelist, President of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), Dr Karl Dawson said because he is long past his youth he was more prepared to listen to what the Rotaractors and Interactors had to say on the topics that were on the table. He said, “He who feels it knows it.”

He noted, however, there are choices that can be made at various levels including that of government, “For instance, about what type of TV programmes are allowed to be brought in through our cable TV systems.”

The seasoned educator also supported Ms de Castro’s comments when he said some of the issues facing young people on a daily basis are to be blamed on parents. “I would quote from another song done by our own Lashing Dogs, a lot of the things that the children doing these days I blame the parents for them. That’s to say that we as adults in our community I believe that we have a lot to do in shaping the environment in which our children are raised and interact.”

Among his many concerns, Dr Dawson said he is very concerned that many youth are not reaching their potential and many seem to be less than fully occupied, “The fact that so many find themselves in Balsum Ghut, the fact that so many are not achieving the way in school that they should...”

He said he firmly believes there are choices that can be made at all levels of society that can have a positive effect on the lives of young people.

9 Responses to “Issues of education a community responsibility – Ms Sharie B.Y. de Castro”

  • list (04/10/2013, 09:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good point Sherrie
  • Real (04/10/2013, 11:01) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply

    How many of these panelists get out in the streets to see what's happening? Watching news, sitting on a panel and tapping glasses at happy hour doesn't qualify you to talk about solutions. Get out there and deal with people you may be very surprised what's going on right under our noses. That's why for me regardless of my status in life I will always remain grounded in the streets because that way you won't lose sight of what life's really about. Too many snob noses up and down the place behaving like because they made it somewhere, everybody else who has issues are somehow lower than them. Sick of all these seminars, panels, studies that don't factor in the 'real' issues. Get real people on these things and stop pretending as if you give a $h!t.

  • student (04/10/2013, 12:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am agree with your comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • @ Real (04/10/2013, 12:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel you on that, some people cant go in certain places cause them to high in the sky!
  • rattie (04/10/2013, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    bit Myron has not done a thing for education
  • Voters (04/10/2013, 15:45) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Run Sharie Run for office we need you in our house of Assembly
  • Sick And Tired (04/10/2013, 16:10) Like (5) Dislike (107) Reply
    Do you know why this country is the way it is because of people like you with your negative comments and nothing to contribute for the betterment of this country. What are any of you negative bloggers doing other than hiding behind your keyboards and screens. Come out from behind them and make a positive contribution. I am so sick and tired of all you complainers who do nothing but complain!!!!!!
  • 2 cents (06/10/2013, 08:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is no standard required for leadership in the BVI. Leadership sets the cultural tone in society.

  • i must have missed the mark!! (07/10/2013, 13:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    education is not government's responsibility but the community's responsibility??? i assume the relevant government department ..i.e. department for education and culture...is or should be equipped with highly educated and trained personnel in their areas of specialism...i.e. education and culture...and is or should be responsible for creative ways in which education (and culture) may be imparted to our youths. Let's say for example, and this is a no-brainer..plenty youths are into technology, apps, etc..let's create programmes for such devices which they are attracted to and which will enable them to learn quicker.

    she basically saying to fire the education department, after all it is not government's responsibility??? well look my cross...why not make sensible suggestions in ways the education department can work more effectively in that area...even if it is suggested that activities in the community should be encouraged, then hello, this should be backed by the education department...no??? i think i must have really missed the mark on this one or something...


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