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The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago wish to clarify the circumstances surrounding the removal of gymnastics equipment from the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena on the morning of Monday, 15th August 2016.

The Ministry has been in communication with the operators of the Teamwork Gymnastics Club since 2015 about their infringing use of one portion of the Indoor Arena in Tacarigua. Due to their longstanding relationship with Teamwork, the Ministry has been very accommodating to the Club notwithstanding their repeated non-compliance with various deadlines given by the Ministry to clear certain parts of the facility. Many national teams, regional associations, local sporting stakeholders and other bodies have been regularly displaced by Teamwork's failure to properly remove and store their equipment to allow other users and paying clients fair and equitable use of the arena.

The Ministry wishes to emphasize that the Teamwork Gymnastics Club does not have exclusive possession of the arena; it is a shared facility. Their most recent act of non-compliance caused a delay to the start of the Sports Company's annual August Youth Sport camps despite Teamwork having received eight full days' notice to clear their equipment. It was yet another deadline that was not respected, causing Teamwork to again become trespassers on the Ministry's property.

Nevertheless, the Ministry is willing to have Teamwork return to the facility at the end of the camps to continue their gymnastics practice, although it has been communicated to them that the return of their equipment is conditional upon the Ministry's prior consent.

The Ministry applauds Teamwork's contribution to sport in Trinidad and Tobago and looks forward to their future compliance and co-operation for the benefit of this country's young athletes.

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The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs

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Commemorating International Youth Day (IYD)

Message from The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe,
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs,
on the commemoration of International Youth Day 2019

Citizens, Trinidad and Tobago again joins the global community in commemorating International Youth Day (IYD), which highlights the integral role that youth play in developing societies and the importance of addressing issues that affect young people around the world.

Under the Theme: “Transforming Education” the United Nations (UN) is seeking to examine how Governments, young people and youth-led as well as youth-focused organizations are making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth. Education remains a powerful tool as we work towards achieving the goals established in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

News from around the world and statistics remind us that despite global efforts to secure universal access to education for young people, a large percentage of young people in several countries remain out of school due to gender, disability, race, poverty and even lack of safety.

As one the fifteen youth priority areas in the United Nations World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), Education plays a critical role in diminishing social ills and creating positive changes in society, from crime and poverty reduction, to gender equality and economic expansion. Education also ensures that our young people are able to competently function in a rapidly-changing society and can compete globally.

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is cognizant of the need to revolutionize our education system not only to be more inclusive and accessible, but also more relevant and worthwhile to today’s young people who are now living in a dynamic global community.

The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, as part of a collaborative approach to addressing youth issues, has embarked on a number of initiatives geared towards educating and empowering our young people, in keeping with the 2019 IYD Theme and the WPAY. Our initiatives include:

  • The Global Campaign for Youth Employment which promotes research, training programmes towards preparing young people to pursue entrepreneurship and work towards becoming job creators rather than job seekers. The School Enterprise Challenge is a major part of this initiative and the MSYA now facilitates the participation of 12 of our local schools in this international project.
  • LEEAP.... provides comprehensive education and training towards the personal and professional development of our youth, and the creation of more well-rounded global citizens. To date MSYA has conducted 9 cycles with over 400 participants across Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The AIM High programme which advocates Apprenticeship/career training programs, Internships for acquisition of work experience and Mentorship to guide our youth, is intended to encourage entrepreneurship in various sectors by combining practical occupational training with technical experience. AIM 2019 now has 40 participants between the ages 16-29.
  • The ‘40 under 40’ programme which provides a platform for our youth to be supported in the areas of personal and professional development, by offering them opportunities to engage with young “movers and shakers” who are icons, established entrepreneurs, entertainers, and sportsmen. This programme showcases the various opportunities and avenues availed to our youth, and helps to improve their outlook on life in securing a brighter future.

The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is focused on increasing meaningful youth engagement and participation in key areas of concern: education and training; employment and enterprise; gender relations; and health.

According to Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, “the main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth”.

As parents, leaders and government, we all have an obligation to provide quality education to our young people. Let us create opportunities to teach and harness the vast potential of our youth, thereby ensuring the promise of a better future for them and a more prosperous tomorrow for us all.

On this International Youth Day, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs reminds all citizens of its commitment to youth development and youth empowerment. We will continue to create an enabling environment which promotes and encourages youth participation, a better quality of life for our youth, and their holistic development. I wish you all a happy International Youth Day 2019. May God continue to richly bless our nation!

Shamfa Cudjoe

What's Happening in Youth?

2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development

Nominations have opened for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards which will see winners awarded a cash grant to scale-up development work benefiting their communities.

Are you a young change maker that fits the below criteria? Do not miss out on the opportunity to nominate yourself or a youth leader working on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your community

Nominees Must be:

  • aged 15 to 29 years;
  • a citizen of a Commonwealth member country;
  • been engaged in development work for more than 12 months - either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
  • have a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact to one of the 17 SDGs;
  • have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development.

The 2020 finalists will receive a trophy, a certificate and cash grants to help them continue their development work.

All finalists will be awarded £1,000. Each selected regional winner will receive an additional £2,000, bringing their total win to £3,000. The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will also receive an additional cash grant of £2,000, bringing her/his total award to £5,000.

Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

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