April 3, 2008
The month of April has been designated youth month on Nevis and Minister of Youth Development, the Hon. Hensley Daniel issued a call to help young people to turn away from crime, violence, and drug abuse. The minister made the call while he delivered a televised address on Tuesday, April 1st to officially launch activities to celebrate youth month 2008.
He said these social-ills had a negative impact on the young and collectively Nevisians must move to reduce these incidences and noted that Youth Month afforded the opportunity to call into question, or reflect on what had been done to promote and sustain youth development.
“I want to use the occasion of Youth Month to enlist the support of the family, the school, the church and the community in helping to sustain the Judeo-Christian values on which our society is founded. The values are coming under threat ““ the values of discipline, hard-work and honesty. I call upon the adults in the society to hold on to these values so that today’s young can lead by example.
“The adults must help to harness the energies of the young and channel them into productive pursuits. We have to maintain our moral and ethical standards to serve as a frame of reference for our young people. The advancement of Nevis depends less on its ability to provide economic benefits and more on its moral and spiritual values,” he said.