Saturday, February 24, 2018

There is Life after the Fete

COP warns youth:


CARNIVAL SAFETY TIPS: Dr Anna Maria Mora, right, speaks to a group of youths during yesterday's launch of the COP"s 'There is Life after the Fete" campaign at their Flagship House in Woodbrook. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

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THE Congress of the People (COP) is targeting the nation's youth this Carnival in an effort to remind them that there is life after Carnival.

The "There is Life after the Fete" campaign was launched yesterday at the COP's Flagship House at Woodbrook.

It will target young people aged 14-30 through a peer to peer sharing of information.

Dr Anna Maria Mora, COP's deputy political leader, said the service projects committee of the COP which initiated the training for the youth, is hoping that the programme will create some balance during the Carnival season in light of statistics of a higher number of pregnancies and the spread HIV/AIDS among young people.

"The United Nations article 17 says young people have a right to information so as to allow them to make informed decisions regarding their social, moral well-being and we are trying to help because young people must have information and there is life after Carnival," she said.

Mora said they were working with young people from the Sangre Grande, Cumuto/Manzanilla, Arouca, Morvant/Laventille and Diego Martin areas yesterday.

"We are dealing with these groups because this is where the Carnival is concentrated and we will be setting up these groups wherever we have the Carnival celebrated to train about 20 young people to share the information with their peers," she said.

Mora said they were hopeful school principals would allow children to share the information at their assemblies and asked the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) and the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to help spread information at the Junior Calypso Monarch competition and regional carnivals.

Young people will also be out on the streets distributing flyers during the season.