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Youth must have a stake in direction of JVD - Sendrick Chinnery

Prominent businessman and native of Jost Van Dyke, Mr Sendrick Chinnery, wants to see more young people have a say in the development of the island and that systems be put in place for that to be achieved. Photo: VINO/File
Residents of Jost Van Dyke are still awaiting the community centre promised to them some years ago and said its construction would be beneficial to them in many ways especially by using it to facilitate training programmes for both young and old. Photo: VINO
Residents of Jost Van Dyke are still awaiting the community centre promised to them some years ago and said its construction would be beneficial to them in many ways especially by using it to facilitate training programmes for both young and old. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI- Prominent businessman and native of Jost Van Dyke, Mr Sendrick Chinnery, wants to see more young people have a say in the development of the island and that systems be put in place for that to be achieved.

“I would like to see that especially the young people growing up have a stake in the direction of Jost Van Dyke, that they can actually be involved in whatever is going on,” Mr Chinnery said during an exclusive interview with Virgin islands News Online.

Mr Chinnery also said this was necessary to avoid the dangerous perception of being disenfranchised in one’s own land.

“As the island develops I feel that the young people should be put in a position to be able to take advantage of the opportunities as they arise rather than persons having to come in from elsewhere to take advantage of those opportunities because after a while you would feel like you are basically disenfranchised in your own land, which is not a good thing.”

The prominent businessman and co-owner of New Horizon Ferry Service, suggested that education was the key to equipping the youth to take a better grip on the future of Jost Van Dyke but that it needed to be facilitated on the island.

Mr Chinnery also recommended that computer classes be held for both young and old. “Right now everything is related to the computer age and a lot of folks may be able to read and write but these days reading and writing is not enough, you have to be in with the technology in order to be able to compete. There could be computer classes for folks who need to learn that, there could also be literacy classes for folks who need to probably get more advanced in the educational field.”

Many other residents were also of the view that there needed to be educational programmes on the island for residents, who are not able to travel to Tortola to attend development courses. They also impressed on the need for a community centre that could be used to facilitate certain programmes.

“We need a community centre so that people could go and learn something because when you working here you can’t pay passage to go Tortola. They should be able to offer us some courses here and maybe have a computer centre, or other courses to teach people certain things like how to decorate a cake and so on,” a Ms Williams told the news site.

She also said there was need for more activities for the children, both recreational and education wise.

Isaiah Chinnery called for remedial programmes for school drop outs. “A lot of people over here drop out of school and need programmes that could help them to get qualified to land a proper job. Some people can’t read self, but to go to Tortola and other place else you taking time out and spending money, the Government could help with that kind of thing. You have programmes like that all over the place. How come we don’t have any?”

A group of young men that included Meshach and Daniel George and Anthony Chinnery said there was also need for skills training to be offered to young people as well as other educational programmes that could qualify them to have trade licenses.

“We applied for trade licenses years ago and we can’t get any. They telling us that we have to get some kind of education to do so but it is difficult for us to travel to Tortola to get that and we here can’t find work, we can’t get contracts, not even a bush cutting contract or to paint guard rails,” one of the young men stated. 

11 Responses to “Youth must have a stake in direction of JVD - Sendrick Chinnery”

  • Queen Mary (12/12/2012, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    i agree
  • flack (12/12/2012, 10:26) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Take a trip to JVD and check out the young locals over there. Wakeup, smoke, drink, smoke again, cool out, do a little work to make enough money to buy food, weed, drinks, then smoke and drink again. many opportunities being ignored. tell them get off their ass and push harder, after they done work and make real money they can drink and smoke after. its simple.
  • ring (12/12/2012, 11:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ha ha do you know how much of those signs are up all over the place and nothing has happen or will happen???
  • Greg (12/12/2012, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when this sign went up sendrick said in the ground breaking that he hope it was not a election gymic and surly it was so this goverment needs to address it and move the sign or build it cause the tourist keep asking about it and it makes us looks like we are going back wards in slow motions
  • bigger picture (12/12/2012, 15:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    JVD is a historically significant and tourist gem which needs to be taken care of. This means that the youth have to be taught the importance of protecting what they have while trying to move forward. I agree at opportunities like computer skills, classes etc are useful and could be facilitated there. I want to know how many youth under say, 25 are there on JVD, How many would take advantage of the community centre and build it according to need. I am so tired of these big buildings that don't fit into the landscape, that are not well- designed, and most are a waste of money as they stand. There is no planning or maintanence. This poster sign again- does not show how it would fit into the land. the picture is floating in nothingness so no one gets an idea of how big it is. Same thing happened with West End ferry dock design. No context for reality.
  • crisis (12/12/2012, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    So why doesn't the businessman put these htings in place? I guess they waiting on government again? pure hot air.
  • hard ball (12/12/2012, 17:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow, its about fricking time some body pay attntion to jost van dyke!
  • the rock (12/12/2012, 22:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i have to say kudos to Mr. Randoulf Chinnery over on jvd.. for making a big impact on the young girls and boys in the sport of baseball and softball..saw them perform in anegada a few weeks ago..they were very disciplined too..keep it up brother!
  • @@@@@ (12/12/2012, 23:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    far to long the sister islands have been left behind and I agree its time both JVD and anegada gets there own representative


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