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The Department of Youth Affairs recently completed two workshops that were designed to help students improve their literacy skills and to allow young people to contribute to the social dialogue in Antigua and Barbuda through media training.

According to a press release the literacy workshop, which ran from the 18th of July to the 19th of August, was facilitated by Melinda Nicholson and Angela Black.

During the workshop 42 primary and secondary school students were provided with personalized assistance to help improve spelling, grammar, and overall literacy skills. The workshop was made possible thanks to donations from a number of corporate citizens, including Cool and Smooth, Scotia Bank, First Caribbean Bank, and Brownies Bakery.

In addition, workshop participants also had dialogue with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representatives including Khin-Sandy Lwin, UNICEF Representative for the Eastern Caribbean, and Maria Cristina Perceval, the UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The literacy workshop was organized by Mrs. Betty Ann Bloodman.

The media workshop ran from 17th – 25th of August, and was facilitated by Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMA productions and Zahra Airall and sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

During the workshop 21 young people were trained in photography, journalism, and video production. At the end of the workshop a 30 minute television show named “30 Minute Teen” was created as well as a newsletter entitled “Youth Vision”.

The Department of Youth Affairs is the government agency responsible for national youth development. The DYA is a dynamic, efficient and youth – friendly organization that uses research-driven approaches and up to date technologies to facilitate the realization of the full potential of all our young people through their empowerment thus enabling their contribution to national and regional development.

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