CASTRIES – The Saint Lucia National Youth Council Signed its first Memorandum of Understanding with BrightPath Foundation, an international non-profit organization, to collaborate on a range of technology education initiatives targeted at the youth.
The MOU signing ceremony was held the Government Information Service offices in Castries, on 22nd May 2013. The MOU was signed by Mr. Timothy Ferdinand, President, NYC and Mr. Bevil Wooding, Executive Director, BrightPath Foundation. This joint initiative will help young people to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to seize the opportunities presented by modern information and communications technology.
The partnership is the outcome of the successful experience of implementing St Lucia's first ever national Mobile App Development workshop by BrightPath for the NYC in 2012. The organizations have agreed to deepen the partnership by having BrightPath provide a wider set of its values-based digital content training programs for the NYC members. Now in addition to mobile app development, St Lucia's youth can look forward to programs covering digital photography, digital music, ebook publication and other technology areas, with an emphasis on producing relevant local content.
The NYC President, Mr. Timothy Ferdinand, expressed his delight in advancing the relationship with BrightPath into a more structured and sustainable model.
"This is an historic day for the NYC and the youth of St Lucia", he said, "We hope to leverage the alignment of this new agreement with other national initiatives focused on using technology to create new opportunities for St Lucian youth and to amplify their voice in the national community."
BrightPath Executive Director, Mr. Bevil Wooding said "This MOU underscores the strengthening partnership between BrightPath Foundation and The St Lucia National Youth Council in the area of technology innovation and youth empowerment.”
"BrightPath is always on the lookout for collaborations with the like-minded organizations to mutually leverage on synergies gained from marrying expertise, technological resources and shared interests. We look forward to a rewarding long-term partnership with the NYC."
Mr. Wooding, who is also the Chief Knowledge Office of Congress WBN, a faith-based non-profit that already has a history of supporting youth development in St Lucia, added, "Our aim is not only to meet St Lucia's growing demand for skilled technology resources, but also to inspire the youth to play a more active role national development. We believe the values-based approach to youth engagement being employed here in St Lucia can serve as a model for the wider Caribbean."
The MOU between the parties includes collaboration in the following areas:
- Joint design and delivery of formal courses and informal training programmes in the area of values-based leadership, mobile applications development, and digital content creation
- Publications in areas of mutual interest to raise public awareness of technology related issues
- Development of programmes to build capacity and foster technology-based innovation
- Institutional support and leadership development
About the Saint Lucia National Youth Council
The Saint Lucia National Youth Council is a democratic, non-governmental organization representing over 150 clubs and youth groups across the island as well as the unattached youth and has been in existence since 1985. According to the president, the council is currently undergoing major recalibration and re-orientation to serve the needs of youth more relevantly, and the use of ICT for development is part of our strategy for re-attaining sound administration, financial stability and sustainable engagement of our membership.
About BrightPath Foundation
BrightPath Foundation is a technology-education focused non-profit organization based in Trinidad and Tobago. Established in 2006, it trains individuals and communities to design and develop internet-based applications and digital content that address indigenous needs. BrightPath programs simultaneously empower participants with globally marketable technical skills while equipping them with the values and mentalities necessary to transformation to their local communities. It offers training curricula, delivered online and via centers for technology-based learning and innovation throughout the Caribbean, in the U.K. and U.S.
BrightPath conducts iCAN Mobile, the Caribbean's only dedicated, ongoing mobile app development initiative. The program provides training and hands-on experience in mobile app development, graphics and user-interface design, content development and app marketing. In In the past two years alone, its programs have reached over 500 individuals across the Caribbean.