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Education pulling youths away from VI & Church – Dr Pickering

-calls on Virgin Islanders to create opportunities & encourage foreign students to return to territory & church
Former legislator & Deputy Premier Dr Kedrick D. Pickering say a stronger public, and private partnership is needed to encourage youths to return to the Virgin Islands (VI) and the Church after studying abroad. Photo: VINO
Dr Pickering pointed out that the VI must therefore create an environment that would encourage youths to not only return to the territory and church but to build a family. Photo: Internet Source
Dr Pickering pointed out that the VI must therefore create an environment that would encourage youths to not only return to the territory and church but to build a family. Photo: Internet Source
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – Former Legislator & Deputy Premier, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering says a stronger public-private partnership is needed to encourage youths to return to the Virgin Islands (VI) and the Church after studying abroad.

Dr Pickering made the remarks on November 16, 2022, during an election campaign rally while addressing the people of North Sound on Virgin Gorda.

Remarking that it was “time to reset”, the former legislator said recently he was having a discussion with a pastor from the VG community and one of the issues they lamented on, was that the local church is suffering over the loss of youths in the congregation.

He said this situation is not unique to North Sound, as young people are leaving the church all across the VI. The former legislator used the Long Look community on Tortola as an example, “The young people are not coming to church, they are dropping out,” he said. 

Youths not returning after studies - Dr Pickering. 

Dr Pickering said one of the reasons for this is that youths are leaving to study abroad and not returning, “We are losing a lot of our young people because they are going away to study and they are not coming back, that is not good for us,” he added.

“We have got to find ways to ensure that when our young people finish school, we educate them, we go out of our way to send them to college to get an education… and not benefiting from them. We want to benefit from them!” he said.

Dr Pickering pointed out that persons must therefore create an environment that would encourage youths to not only return to the territory and the church, but to also build a family in the VI.

According to him, one of the ways to do this is to build a better public-private partnership, “We have some of the wealthiest people around us here [North Sound and Virgin Gorda] we must engage them in ideas on how best to create opportunities,” he said. 

24 Responses to “Education pulling youths away from VI & Church – Dr Pickering”

  • Pffff (19/11/2022, 16:56) Like (111) Dislike (1) Reply
    They come back and y’all don’t use or pay them. Church???? Young people are wiser to the lies of the church and it’s fables
  • Common Sense (19/11/2022, 17:25) Like (46) Dislike (13) Reply
    Once the younger generation have lived in a normal British free society, they are probably loathe to come back to a less than straight forward society, which, the COI spelt out quite vividly. Strange as it seems, if the UK took control we might find the educated youth more eager to return.
  • Really (19/11/2022, 17:49) Like (13) Dislike (57) Reply
    Wake Up people. They want your kids. These politicians works for the elites all freemasons working for the devil so why follow these perverts. They want your kids to come back here to go to the church Wow. Devil worship from the pastor with its witchcraft teaching in the whole Bible. People with free Will don't follow a Bible that controls people. I follow myself and I stick with myself. They surely will lead you into temptation. Why are pastor giving out a vaccine with the Luciferase dye,and pattern number 060606 for 666 the mark of the beast. mRNA is a gene editing vaccine. Why are you letting these people switch your DNA and chip you at the same time.
  • doc (19/11/2022, 19:16) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    You need to slow your roll...the truth is showing. Keep it up and your chances of election will suffer. The game has changed and you don't seem to understand what time it is.
  • Forbidden Truth. (19/11/2022, 19:33) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    My son was a US Airforce F-15 pilot. Why would he come back to the virgin Islands?
    • for real (19/11/2022, 20:50) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      To forbidden truth, I totally understand and agree, carreer oppurtunities are very difficult to find in the BVI, our leaders are not focusing on developing our youths by providing ways of aquiring such education locally. They only believe in promoting the finacial sectors when not every student has the interest in studying in that paticular area. The BVI surpressive, belittling and pococorante behaviour will turn away anybody. They want the students to come back and work for next to nothing. Boo let him stay up there and soar the skies and be appreciated for what he loves!
    • legacy (20/11/2022, 06:14) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Great accomplishment, maybe you should encourage your son to come back and share his story with the youths of the VI. He will inspire others to pursue their passion and dreams. We tired of hearing from the self proclaimed so called elites.
  • Kingfish (19/11/2022, 19:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    He wants foreign students to return to the BVI,am I missing something here ?
  • power (19/11/2022, 21:52) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cuban, the games are history .!
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands. (19/11/2022, 22:04) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Whether you have agreed or you don't agree, the issue that Dr. Kedrick Pickering has spoken about is a necessary one for us to consider in order for us to be able to experience better governance for the people of the BVI. Not because many denomination leaders have, and are misusing biblical teaching for money making purpose that do not reduce the profound valuable truth it offers.
    Not because the youths have. More opportunities, and are better skillfully educated than those of time past do mean that Spiritual education has lost its valuable necessity, to help build better relationships among our various demographics (age difference) of our country's people of the BVI.
    In order for crimes to reduce in area dramatically in the BVI, Godly Spiritual principles must first increase, mark my prophetic words.

    Every nation, or people, the the BVI included, that has lost the fear of the Lord can be assured that worst than the covid-19 pandemic, worst than hurricane Erma's desastrous effects will come, sooner or later. No among money nor educational standards will be able to change, and avoid the enevitible, that will surely happen in its future time.

  • VG (20/11/2022, 06:14) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just ask Him where he slept That same night of the meeting in VG... Big sell-out
  • officer (20/11/2022, 06:37) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pride, popularity, peer pressure, wanting be one of the cool kids and lack of parental guidence encouragement from esrly age keeping them.out of Church and being in trouble. Small money being paid less oppertunities on work sights. To over qualified and small mindedness and bad mind mKe people want to stay over sease and work. Along with population challenges and environment. More places go and i dont got deal with same crap.everyday. lets fix these then things will change
  • Lack of mentorship (20/11/2022, 06:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    While Dr. Pickeringvis correct in his assessment, the real problem is the lack of Christian mentorship from adults. Young people are too often weaponised against others, and they speak out against the hypocrisy of adults, even lay church and the ordained.
  • Community (20/11/2022, 07:05) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    What Pickering is talking about is community. We have not built new communities here in the BVI.
    When local people stop building houses for themselves there is a problem. Look around! Home many NEW single family homes are locals building? Not many that I see.
    A man gets money here he builds an apartment building. Who lives in these places? Not locals. Low income workers mainly. The local man is chasing this money. MONEY MONEY MONEY. That's seems to be all that the BVI thinks about.
    We need to give these young people a home. Figure a way to get them land and afford to build a Single Family Home. Yes - single family. A bunch of those and you have a community. If you have a community people don't leave.
    All these government land giveaways end up with apartment buildings and no local family homes. I don't see this in other Caribbean islands on the scale I do in the BVI. We are leading a poor example for our youth, that's why they are leaving. You teach youth to just care about money, and wonder why he leaving?
    Pass some laws. Make banks loan money to locals wanting to build Single Family Homes. They will want to stay.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands. (20/11/2022, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a program labeled name: "Save The Seed"
    The seed refers to the youths. True, education is a necessary must thing in order to be able to survive in this world. But to disregard righteous Godly principles is biggest mistake that humans can make.
    Whether or not you will or me will vote for Dr. Kedrick Pickering is not the core message of the issue.
    People in every country of this world encourage education. Without it we will not be able to keep pace with the fastly needed changes. Education is a tool tha ensures that the standard of living improve in every needed area to benefit people's lives.

    It is truly evil that many selfish church pastors, spiritual book writers have, and are misusing biblical teaching for their personal selfish ambition, but so politicians, when most of them attended funerals in church gathering buildings.
    Youths are not discourage from strong drinks consumption, youths of young adults age are not being discourage from attending Strip Clubs, and from participating in many other human degradation activities, such as indecent behaviour in the street during festival celebrations, but for many, as soon as Dr. Kedrick Pickering mentioned attending church, and other things that will he us build a better future for our country's people, many negative minded persons, rather than seeing some good in what he has spoken, see only evil. Are we sure that we know the things that will help us build a better future for our people? Sad, but the majority of us at this time don't. However, all is not lost. Let us not quit trying to improve. We can, but not without God's guidance, facts.

    Vote you conscience. Like our dislike.

  • mad max (20/11/2022, 09:36) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's a "brain drain". A lot of the most intelligent will leave to pursue opportunities they can't get here. In terms of careers, big cities, different way of life. The opposite is true, with a lot of the people coming here. The key is to embrace this migratory change. For government and population who remain.

    Church is different. Organised religion can be toxic. Ultra wealthy pastors demanding tithes is not "Christianity"!
  • Get Real (20/11/2022, 11:08) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    The youths of today are not like those in the 60s, 70s and 80s that are easily fooled. They can see and recognize all the fakes from pastors, to Christians and politicians.. Dont blame the youths blame the leaders and preachers.
  • unvaxx 4ever (20/11/2022, 11:28) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Picko take my advise, DONT RUN.
  • justin (20/11/2022, 15:41) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    while the former political leader held office can he remind the people what he did

    always say; once them gets kicked out of political office suddenly they have all the answers

    you had the opportunity for so many years to do what you speaking about now

    give someone else an opportunity to fail

    • RedStorm (21/11/2022, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i agreed with your comment. indeed, politics call for visionary leaders, what he is speaking about is foundation that should have been laid at the start of his political career. Countries in the Caribbean far supersede the terriority. For example Cuba has one of the best doctoral program to ensure most of it citizen remains in the country, compare to BVI , I am not sure what is in place, if anything. Barbados, ensure their citizen are cared for in emergencies, of health, finance , and social issues. Now, BVI have COI to tell them how to support their citizen who has fall victim of the pandemic and hurricanes. Educationally, this doctor should have gotten scholarship to help the students in the same field or other fields of studies. He could have install in his manefesto, seven ways to keep youth perspective alive to progress the next generation. Attending church does not change anything for a person, it just label the person as a church goer. Getting involved counts. Walwyn has brought to the High School the idea of involving children into Service Leadership, many parent was unsure if they should accept it, until they realized that community service in their own country help them build that capacity of confidence with the social aspect of their lives. I will not vote for him, as the twenty years in politics shows little or nothing for those who are working in the minimum wage level. Eliminating poverty , paying a living wage should have been his focus, unless he is afraid of the business community. Engaging young people in skills, that they can be paid for at a young age will help to decrease crime, get them active , and they results should be documented. The one thousand job idea, will always be a failure , if the job creation to earn money is not relevant. Don't give a man part time bread and expect him to function on it, he needs bread everyday.
  • Brain Drain (20/11/2022, 17:36) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all are responsible for this brain drain. We don't really want our young people to bloom we say they to young, inexperienced, they talk down to their bosses and the list goes on. We prefer to pay the expatriates entice them to the territory with big packages and you want to pay the youths pittance for their degree. You think studying is easy but they choose to make something better of themselves instead of sitting idly. When they return you treat them like trash. We have lost a vibrant generation we tost them to the world that does not include the BVI. Shame on us if we waiting until now to realize we have failed the youths of this territory we are fooling ourselves. We have failed them miserably
  • Madussa (20/11/2022, 22:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why does his district look the worst in the entire BVI?
  • Valiant (22/11/2022, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so wah you saying Ineed to be a DUNCE then. Back of the class without a subject then. That will make me an excellent Christian and momo voter.
  • 33rd degree (23/11/2022, 16:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep the good work up my brother!

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