Minister of Youth Development and National Service, the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds accompanied by, Permanent Secretary, Farook Hosein and Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Marcia London-McKellar and Claire Davidson-Williams toured the Chatham Youth Development Apprenticeship Centre (formerly the Chatham Youth Camp) on Saturday 12th December, 2020.
“We are intent on re-energising, expanding and modernising these facilities,” Minister Hinds said during his tour. “They will host thousands of our youth and develop them into productive and civic-minded entrepreneurs and contributors.”
Minister Hinds and the Ministry’s team were greeted by Camp Director I, Steve Barras and given a tour of the 300 acre facility was originally established in 1966. The facility can house approximately 150 students per program and is set to receive much needed upgrades and modernisation.
The tour included the dorm rooms, training rooms, plumping and electrical facilities on the compound. The Youth Development and Apprenticeship Centre (YDAC) also has areas for animal rearing (goats, cows, bees, pigs, and chickens). The livestock are usually cared for by the students. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the YDAC staff have assumed these responsibilities.
Minister Hinds and his team are currently touring facilities, under the Ministry’s purview in an effort to get a comprehensive understanding of their requirements. The newly-aligned Ministry of Youth Development and National Service (MYDNS) has responsibility for two Youth Development and Apprenticeship Centres, six Youth Facilities, the Youth Affairs Division, the Retiree Adolescent Partnership Programme, the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme, the Cooperative Development Division, the Friendly Societies Division, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Military-Led Academic Training Programme and the State Enterprise - National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO).