Young citizens ready to promote national theme


 Sub-inspector Labiche leading the debate

In an activity held at the Youth Health Centre on Saturday, around 75 members and their leaders met to discuss this year’s national theme ‘Striving for our Seychelles’. The theme was announced by President James Michel in his New Year message and those present had the day to learn more about it.

In an assembly the group usually holds before each activity, there was a prayer session, the national anthem was sung and their motto recited.

Addressing those present, Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC) chief executive Vicky van der Westhuizen told the young followers to be exemplary, work hard in school and pass on values they have learned in the Young Citizens movement to their peers.

The event kicked off with a presentation followed by a debate led by police sub-inspector Marcus Labiche on the theme.

Event coordinator Josette Cadence said the SNYC, which oversees the Young Citizens movement, wants to make sure young people are aware of the role they can play in the national theme and that ‘Striving for our Seychelles’ is not something targeting only adults.

“We will make sure each member explains what he/she understands by the theme, and how they can best work towards achieving it. We will then give them more skills in how they can incorporate the theme in their everyday lives,” she said.

Ms Cadence added that they have other activities on their calendar this year that will incorporate social and moral renaissance with the national theme so that ‘Striving for our Seychelles’ will be developed to the maximum.

The event also served to launch a poster, poem and public speaking competition to be held in May, where Young Citizens members can express themselves through their artistic abilities about the theme.

The event ended on a lighter note with a cultural show in the afternoon hosted by some of the members.

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