British Virgin Islands Government Minister appeals for BVI youth to live positively

BVI’s Minister of Education & Culture, and Youth the Hon. Andrew Fahie has commented on a number of youth organisations and groups who he said continue to make a meaningful and positive contribution to the British Virgin Islands. He noted that the positive contributions being made by some would help in curbing some of society’s negative ills. He further noted the importance of young people emulating positive role models adding that society needs all the positive contributions that it can get.

“Young people must know that achieving things the easy way will never be the right approach as if you really want it you will really work for it,” Minister Fahie said.

He pointed out that he is very impressed with some of the young people within his district adding that it is a great feeling to see that while the perception is popular that young people are contributing negatively that they are a significant number of those who can prove that perception wrong through their positive actions of continuous positive contributions. “As the representative for the first district, I am very pleased with the many contributions being made by young people and believes strongly that it would impact in a positive way on their peers,” he said.

I think that others would recognise it, especially the youths themselves that their peers are making meaningful and positive contributions to the holistic development of their community,” Minister Fahie said. He went on to say that with positive contributions being made it is important to note that anything can be achieved as long as dedication, commitment, determination, discipline and the will to go on despite the challenges. “Young people must know that achieving things the easy way will never be the right approach as if you really want it you will really work for it,” he said.

Minister Fahie declared that while some of his peers and colleagues have given up on young people he has no intentions of giving up. “As the parliamentary representative for district one, he intends to reach out to all irrespective of social, political or economic class as we need to reach all the youths that we can. I want to reiterate that I remain committed and dedicated towards helping them as best as I can because while we question whether they are tomorrow’s leaders I am confident that they will lead us tomorrow,” he declared.

Pointing to evidence of his genuine and sincere desire to assist the island’s youth, Minister Fahie said that his ministry will contribute to devise programmes and projects geared at enhancing and developing skills and talents of young people. He urged others to get on board noting that nation building can only be achieved through a unified approach.

We must be cognizant of the fact that already there is enough negative ills plaguing our society so it is important that each individual irrespective of who they are make a small but meaningful contribution towards the holistic development of our young people then we can achieve the ultimate success of eradicating ills. I am inspired by the young people and that is why I would remain committed and dedicated towards ensuring that they are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to take over as the future leaders,” he said.

Minister Fahie added that the churches served the BVI well in the past, but we need them to play an even bigger role now noting that while the pastors seeks to win souls within the confines of the church they must now more than ever venture into the streets, communities and homes. “As a society we need the churches to play their part as only through God can we be able to effectively and efficiently address the many negative ills that continues to plague us,” he said.

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