Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : 19-Aug-2016 Contents Often I would have the opportunity to
meet and discuss with young people,
aspects related to their sexual practices.
Unfortunately, many of them even
though sexually active, lacked proper
understanding and made unsafe sexual
From the young man who once told
me that he was not afraid of contracting
the HIV/AIDS virus because he fre-
quently used antibiotics, to the young
girl who didn t think she could get
pregnant if she either used two con-
doms at once or certain sex positions.
The lifelong implications of unsafe
sexual practices are too great for discus-
sions about sex and sexuality to be
taboo. Sexual health impacts young peo-
ple s social and economic stability at
present and in the long term. Data from
the Global School-based Health Survey
(GSHS), which were collected from
2,969 secondary school students (13--15
years) at 32 schools in 2007, showed
that students initiated sexual activity
early, around the age of puberty, with
male students reported as more sexually
active than female students.
These practices contribute to increased
risk for HIV and other sexually-trans-
mitted infections, illegal abortions and
unplanned teenage pregnancy.
Prevention should always be the foun-
dation of any strategy to target youth.
The emphasis should be on assisting
them in understanding their roles and
responsibilities as sexual beings in an
unbiased, factual and comprehensive
manner using mediums young people
can relate to.
Kheston Walkins, PhD candidate and
young leader selected for the Young
Leaders of the Americas Initiative insti-
tuted by President Obama is doing just
We are using technology to promote
and increase accessibility and awareness
for conception, launching in Trinidad
and Tobago with the hope that it can be
used as a model worldwide.
Friday, August 19, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
This above article is part of a series
written by a member of the Trinidad
and Tobago Youth Convention for World
Youth Day observances. Young people
have their say on topical issues in T&T.
Irefer to a letter by D Krogh in Tuesday's
Guardian (16th August) on the unbearable noise
in Moka, Maraval last Sunday from a well-
known party venue nearby. The letter writer is at
pains to remind us that "People work hard to have
a home. We are within our rights to enjoy our envi-
Over in Tobago we face a similar situation. Here
in Courland we have to contend with noise from
neighbouring holiday villas which, although they re-
main empty for part of the year, fill up with holi-
daying Trinidadians who, for the most part, have
absolutely no respect for the rights of permanent
residents. We dread peak periods like Easter, July
and August and all long weekends as we wait in
anxious anticipation of the usual parade of cars
and pick-ups, fresh off the ferry, packed to the gun-
wales with people, ample supplies of booze and
the inevitable music systems. Houses meant to
accommodate, say, six or eight are more often
than not packed out like sardines in a can. It does-
n't take much to imagine what this invasion of our
normally peaceful neighbourhood signifies. We do
have the support of the police but the noise is back
up to unbearable levels once the police cars have
left. We know we are not the only residential area
affected. Continuous representation to the rental
agencies responsible for these villas has produced
After a long weekend our neighbourhood is
strewn with garbage, we are tired and stressed out
from the behaviour of people with enough money
to afford the rents demanded but who have no
idea what effect their selfish, childish activities
have had on those of us who live here. It would
seem, as the resident from Moka has pointed out,
that the right to the enjoyment of our environs is
secondary to the enjoyment of these ill-behaved
louts from across the water who have redefined
Tobago as their party backyard. Clean, green and
serene? Tobago? Really?
J de Verteuil
Forgive me for harping on the
present PNM government's
plan for reforming the GATE pro-
gramme. We were told that reform
of this programme was an in-
escapable reality because of the
country's present financial predica-
The Hon Minister, however, reas-
sured denizens of the high priority
that education occupies among the
PNM's hierarchy of needs.
Mr Garcia envisions a "savings"
of TT$200m---on the TT$750m al-
located annually---after these
changes come to fruition. It goes
without saying that if our leaders'
thinking is that deliberately stunt-
ing growth in education is a worthy
sacrifice, he has a duty to convince
citizens of this wisdom.
The very least he can do is to
disclose what greater good he in-
tends to achieve with the TT$200
million he plans to save.
Education represents a public
"good." A reduction in government
spending in providing this good in-
The notion of sacrifice implies
exchange---one willingly gives up
that which is "good"' thereby em-
bracing short-term deprivation, to
gain something better in the long
Sacrifice certainly does not
mean senseless self-deprivation.
Education and the empowerment
it brings are vitally important con-
tributors to state capacity.
A leader would have to be
patently insane to think that it is
possible to deprive an entire gener-
ation of education when "money is
low" and in thirty years when the
coffers are full once more, to
restart it and the state would
"catch up" and all would be well.
That type of thinking has been
the cause of many a failed state.
We all understand the Ministry's
desire to penalise those who have
abused the system.
Government's focus on igniting
the economy has taken second
place to its obsession with placing
political stooges on the board of
every state enterprise, the police,
the military, the Central Bank, etc.
It has failed to consider that this
unnecessary "interruption" can and
has caused the loss of more than
That done, they then tell those
aged 50 years and over that they
will not be beneficiaries of state as-
sistance in re-tooling themselves
or gaining new skills.
Is that not adding insult to the
injury that its inept politicisation of
the public service has caused?
THE UGLY SIDE OF TOBAGO
Gate is a public service
A mother gives her daughter a lift to avoid her
walking on the pavement partly covered by
water on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain during
a downpour yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
EDUCATING YOUTH ON SEXUAL HEALTH
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