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Hon Sharie B. de Castro attending Commonwealth meeting in London

Minister for Education, Youth Affairs and Sports, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (AL), left, is accompanied at the 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (10CYMM) in London by Senior Programme Officer for Youth in the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ms Shaunice Leonard, right, and two Virgin Islands youth delegates, Aiden D. Abednego, 2nd from left, and Tatiana Fahie. Photo: GIS
LONDON, United Kingdom- Minister for Education, Youth Affairs and Sports, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (AL) is attending the 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (10CYMM) in London this week.

The meeting is being convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in London, United Kingdom (UK), from September 11 to 15, 2023.

According to a press release from Government Information Services (GIS) today, September 14, 2023, Honourable de Castro said the meeting is being held at an important time when the Commonwealth Secretariat is celebrating 50 years of the Commonwealth Youth Programme.

The Minister of Education said, “The conference is an opportunity for ministers to discuss emerging youth development issues, assess the current post-pandemic realities in member states and identify collaborative opportunities.” 

2 VI youths part of delegation

Honourable de Castro is accompanied by Senior Programme Officer for Youth in the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ms Shaunice Leonard, and two Virgin Islands youth delegates, Aiden D. Abednego and Tatiana Fahie.  

The Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting held every four years addresses youth policy for Commonwealth member states. The meeting will focus on the theme: ‘Aiming Higher, Delivering More for Young People in the Commonwealth’. 

The conference will see ministers engaging each other towards a strategic direction focusing on four critical sub-themes: Education; Employment; Engagement and the Environment, with Human Rights, Transformative Technology and Disability being the crosscutting themes.

23 Responses to “Hon Sharie B. de Castro attending Commonwealth meeting in London”

  • Streupes (14/09/2023, 16:28) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    In school, we used to sing 'go dig a hole and put the devil in'. We need to bring back prayers and more prayers to the schools because the country is plagued with demons.
    • @Streupes (14/09/2023, 19:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said. Between some local and from the colonial masters, the BVI is riddled with demons and need prayers addressing both side.
  • asura (14/09/2023, 16:46) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the youth parliament?
    • To asura (15/09/2023, 00:12) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Anything this girl gets into and it does not go how she wants she mashes it up.
  • oh boy (14/09/2023, 16:50) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another waste of money and time conference. The entire HOA, Governor & Commissioner of Police live in a plane while we the people suffering on the ground.
    • A Capitalist Who Loves the BVI (14/09/2023, 19:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ oh boy. Exactly right. It's just one junket after another for this government. I can't remember the last time I saw a week go by without one.
    • @oh boy (14/09/2023, 19:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wish I could like this a million times. You're spot on.
  • hopefully (14/09/2023, 16:53) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Hopefully when she returns she will come back learning how to respect people and stop walking on them like trash.
    • @ hopefully (14/09/2023, 18:54) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
      Some of you just jealous she got re-elected and we voting for her again BAM
    • @hopefully (14/09/2023, 20:25) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Something is really wrong with people like you. When you typing sh** your fingers should stick to the keys and stay there till you get some common sense. People like you have nothing constructive to offer and looking attention.
  • That’s the best of them (14/09/2023, 17:50) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    Traveling at taxpayers expense and returning with absolutely nothing to show for it.
  • ok (14/09/2023, 19:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only the UK minister have a say at these meetings, dont know what discussion she talking about. All OT ministers have to sit in the back with the UK civil servants and stay quiet.
  • I WONDER WHO WILL PAY IT THIS TIME AND FROM WHAT MONEY? (14/09/2023, 21:26) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
  • NDP supporter (15/09/2023, 00:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really do not see the purpose or benefit to the people with this trip and most of the others.
  • RedStorm (15/09/2023, 00:34) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Most of you who are blogging need to get the facts, and make some sense to informed people more intellectually. I know the commonwealth youth program needs help, but it is making a lot of strides with the youth. It is not a waste of time or money, exposure to culture and lifestyle give youth an insight of what the world has to offer. The conference includes youth from different cultural and country and networking is done for sharing knowledge, experience and technology among the youth. Have you every attended one of the youth conferences? So, don’t bashed the minister for her effort. Showing the youth what they can have , and allowing them to experience it ,is vast difference. London is not RoadTown, what you see is what you get. London daily activities is connected to all facets of administration, students, legal team, members of parliament, police, medical team etc, it support young people to become professionals in their own rights. So, stop the jokes of people with mare minds,and start read something of facts for intelligent conversation.
  • what a pity (15/09/2023, 01:12) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wish I could take back the vote I give this girl. Anyway 4yrs is not a long time.
  • smdh (15/09/2023, 03:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The thing about it ,I have not received any increments as yet and no one is giving an update as to the status
  • smh (15/09/2023, 05:05) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    In the beginning the 'X' was for trial-and-error, nowadays it is a proven mistake.
  • Disinterested (15/09/2023, 06:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Britannia ruled the waves and the sun never set over the British Empire were the boast of the Brits. The Brits were punching above their weight. However, London Bridge is falling down; the once mighty, exploitive, etc, British Empire has crashed and hard. The free commodities from the firmer colonies sustained the British economy but that is gone, as well as its power, status and influence across the globe. The Commonwealth of Nations is an attempt by the Brits to be relevant again. It is treated as a hereditary organization like the crown/monarchy; only the British monarch can lead the Commonwealth. With the passing of QE II, the leadership passed to King Charles III, Why don’t others have the opportunity to lead the organization? Why does it have to be led by the parasitic Crown firm? What is the value of the Commonwealth other than a status prop for the Crown? Is the Commonwealth situation equivalent to the Crown inserting itself as head of state of firmer colonies at independence? Did they really get independence? When is the crown going to issue a simple apology at least to the slave descendants? Will this be breaking news at the Commonwealth meeting? When is the Crown/Parliament going to provide reparations to slave descendants? By the way, we know that reparations is not only about money, do we not? When is the UK going to return to the former colonies the stolen national treasures, eg, diamonds to India, South Africa? Moreover, is Global Britain a push for the UK to try to regain some of its lost. Status, glory, relevance, global influence, etc.? Is the leader of the Commonwealth of Nations democratically elected? Does attendees have the stones to challenge the process? Or this is just another useless travel junket to bow the knee to the parasites?
    • @ Disinterested (15/09/2023, 11:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

      To Disinterested, it seems as if, you have ac”hard-on” for the Crown, UK. What they did you bloody block? I bet the UK educated your ungrateful @$% through grant-in-aid. The UK needs to leave you ingrates alone, shutting off UK citizenship and migration to the UK. There is no reciprocity; it is a one way street. How successful would the financial services be , if the BVI were not under the umbrella of the UK. I see lots of eyes rolling, dropping some MSs, F-bombs, etc. But truth is truth. All you can continue to create your own realities. But when you come back to earth tge truth will be steering you in your ungrateful faces.

  • The Commissioner (15/09/2023, 08:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    It appears that we need to have a COI over foreign travel as that seems to be the latest slush fund. Some one is always traveling somewhere on the tax payer dime and we don't even get a report of what has been accomplished and how this will benefit the Territory when they return...even if it is a crock of#$^%
  • Mustang (15/09/2023, 11:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is a sunk cost that elected and non- elected officials will have to travel overseas, ie, for training, attend organizational meetings, conferences, etc. However, there will be a myriad of invites requiring travel overseas so government have to prioritize travel, for it cannot afford to send people to every invite. When attendees return though, they should provide an update on travel and any actionable items needed. Sometimes given budget condition, it will be prudent to freeze travel, permitting only essential travel.

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