West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin will give a motivational lecture to students at Hillview College today, during a workshop entitled “Building Youth Awareness” project which was started by the Zaheer Ali Foundation late last year.
The foundation, which was founded by former Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Zaheer Ali, will be continuing the initiative in various schools throughout the country after receiving positive feedback from the principals and staff that were part of the project last year.
Ali said that the idea behind the workshops is to take a proactive approach to fighting crime in light of the prevalence of youth violence and criminal behaviour in schools.
Today, police officers from the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit will speak about criminal gangs and gang related activities, drug use and bullying, with the objective of discouraging youths from getting involved in those activities.
Prison officers, a psychologist and a psychiatrist will also be on hand to speak to the children.
Ali also noted that Flavorite brand has partnered with the foundation to provide refreshments for the students and facilitators to show their support for the workshop.
The programme is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and run until 12.30 p.m.