The youth's voice


Students of at least two secondary schools so far are getting the opportunity of a lifetime to direct their own documentary based on Barbados but using the principles of the Olympics.

The brainchild of Founder and Director of the Catch Project, Sheromie Brewster, explained that the programme attempts to bring positive values and outlooks to youth, while giving them a voice to reflect on society and life.

So far The Alleyne and Parkinson Memorial schools have participated in the project which she said was helping them collect information on Olympics principles including respect, friendship, equality, excellence and others and create a documentary about this, along with a jingle and scripts for the programme.

Yesterday, with the permission of the principal Orson Alleyne and the assistance of teacher Randy Eastmond at the Parkinson School, Brewster went into and started laying the foundation for the documentary with 16 students between Third and Upper Fifth forms.

The programme began during the Olympics with a similar leg in the United Kingdom, and the director said given her links with Barbados, it was easier to expand it here and then look to do an exchange programme between all the students involved.

The teacher for 20 years said the project started six years ago as a series of workshops with various youth centres in the UK and expanded to the documentary entitled Ready, Steady, Go, UK! The second part is Ready, Steady, Go Barbados.

“I realised there was need for different types of workshops to allow young people to have a voice and develop the whatever skills that they have, whether it is fashion, music, politics; we tap into those individuals and professions that can provide direction.”

In the UK there were 17 youth between 14 and 20 involved and Brewster brought in a professional film maker to help give them tips.

“I want to do part two. Part one was for UK to share their thoughts and experiences in the lead-up to the Olympics. We got them to go around to the different venues in London, interview people as part of the Olympics… So here in Barbados… we had an opportunity to deliver part two of the project over two days.

“I think most important thing with the students themselves is allowing them to have a voice and have a contact with outside the islands and also express their experiences, passion and pride of Barbados to the outside world.”

She said in addition to the interviews they have done and creating the content for the films, she and her partners in Barbados, including Liz Bowen from the Ministry of Youth, were now exploring the possibility of an exchange project. When she returns to the UK in weeks she will begin drumming up support and sponsorship to fund the exchange programme targeted for next year.

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