(ZIZ News) — The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party’s candidate for constituency three, Konris Maynard recently engaged a group of young people from his constituency in a one day youth forum.
Maynard used the forum to discuss a number of issues with the participants including the importance of owning homes and land, his development plans for the constituency if elected to office, and his plans to help young people in St. Kitts and Nevis.
In response to a question posed to him about helping young people excel academically, Maynard revealed his plans for an after school Homework Assistance Programme.
He said, “One of the things I would really like to see is what I call an ‘After School Homework Assistance Programme’. It may have a different name when we put it together etc. but the point is that beyond an education, we also need to develop discipline and strong characters. And if we could have community groups that can absorb students, from primary school right up to high school, into after school programmes to assist with homework, but at the same time developing character, I think this can go a very long way.”
He also made a case for the reintroduction of some of the social clubs that existed when he was a boy.
According to Maynard, these clubs play a crucial role in shaping the characters of young people.
“When I was smaller, we had a number of active groups such as Boys’ Brigade, you had sports clubs or every afternoon you had to go to practicing a particular sport where you learned discipline, you had music class and so on. Those things are still going on but I think we need to look at a structured way of engaging our young people in extracurricular activities where these skills can be developed,” he explained adding that “we also need to evaluate our education system in a way that although we are doing good academically, we want to make sure also that we are building and creating good people in terms of their character and how they prepare themselves to go out to work.”
The Constituency Three Youth Forum was held at the Palms Court Garden last Saturday.