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Internet-based Youth Forum

Phase 2 activities Feb-Dec 2003

A second phase of the internet-based youth forum started at the beginning of February and will run until the end of 2003. This forum is available for viewing at http://www.sivyouth.org (with user name view and password only).

Schools from the following islands and their students are involved in the second phase of the forum: Bahamas, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, San Andres Archipelago in the Caribbean; Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean; Cook Islands, Fiji and Palau in the Pacific.

The focus of this second phase is an in-depth discussion of the issues raised during the trial phase (September to December 2002), with the long-term goal of moving from discussion to action on-the-ground.

Photo caption: Students from Nukutere College, Cook Islands, prepare their article on 'Agriculture' for the second phase of the youth forum

Based on the outcome of Phase 1, several issues have been listed for discussion. Students in the participating schools are preparing short (500-750 words) articles based on topics selected from this list. Starting on 11 March 2003, a new article is posted every second Tuesday and students discuss in an interactive manner the subject matter of the article. Topics discussed on the forum range from hydroponic agriculture to teenage pregnancy, and from the dangers of asbestos to island traditions.

As part of the initiative, computer equipment has been provided to schools in some of the islands. Some countries such as the Cook Islands are finding innovative ways to involve isolated schools in the outer islands without internet connections.

The Seychelles and the Maldives are taking the youth forum further by organising an exchange visit to gain direct experience of their respective islands and to develop a joint Small Islands Voice project

In December 2003, an assessment of the youth forum was conducted.


To get involved, contact :


Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform
UNESCO, Paris, France
fax: +33 1 45 68 58 08

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