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CLGF Launches Caribbean Office

CLGF – Caribbean, the Regional Office of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum  was launched at a three-day programme of events from 21 to 23 March 2016, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

The event was a consultation meeting themed around “Strengthening local government’s role as a partner in development”.  It commenced with a ceremonial opening, included two days of plenary discussions and culminated in an international round-table on the Local Government Reform which was currently in process in the host country – Trinidad and Tobago.

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Volunteerism still alive in Caribbean

Retired professionals are demonstrating their commitment to serve Caribbean youth by preparing them for leadership roles and ethics in public office.A group of Councillors, retired educators and policemen from Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Guyana and The Bahamas teamed up for a week of training in Local Government, Communications and Multi-culturalism. Their training was part of a project entitled “Fostering a Democratic Culture in Schools and Local Communities” which was sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation, through the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities – CALGA.

The Commonwealth Foundation and CALGA are investing in Caribbean youths in an effort to improve public awareness about the Local Government system, starting in secondary schools. This initiative also aims at immersing youth in local culture and promoting respect for cultural diversity in plural Caribbean societies.

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CALGA and Commonwealth Foundation

CALGA wins support of Commonwealth Foundation to Promote Democracy among Youth

Fostering a Culture of Democracy among Youth in Schools and Local Communities is a project that will be undertaken by Local Government authorities in four Caribbean countries. The intention is to build on the Local Government system to promote a culture of democratic principles and public ethics among young people. It is expected that the youths will take these values into their impending adulthood, and into the towns and villages to which they belong.

The project will be implemented by CALGA in The Bahamas, Guyana, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. It will focus on providing a structured mechanism for engagement of youth in public affairs. Young people will be educated about Local Government in their home countries and will learn more about the principles of gender equity and the value of local culture. CALGA’s mandate is to promote local democracy in the Caribbean.

This initiative is supported by the Commonwealth Foundation and will run for three years. The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society. The Foundation develops the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives. It strives for more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation, which contributes to improved development outcomes.

Fostering a Democratic Culture in Schools and Local Communities

Specimen- Signed Student Council Constitution

CALGA Holds Inter-School Discussion - Guyana

Under the theme Fostering a new Democratic culture in Schools and Communities, CALGA in collaboration with New Amsterdam Mayor and Council held an inter-secondary school discussion at the New Amsterdam Town Hall, Guyana on Youth Involvement in Local Government and creating a Garbage Free Town

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