His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, KCMG Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda Delivers the Speech from the Throne ENTREPRENEURIAL SOCIALISM: THE FOUNDATION OF AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE MADAME PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, MR. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, MEMBERS OF THE LOWER HOUSE, DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: I bring each…Details
State of the Nation Address by the Honourable Gaston A. Browne, MP Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Corporate Governance of Antigua and Barbuda on 1st January 2017 My fellow Citizens and Residents. As across our two-island state, you gather with family and friends, I wish everyone a happy and healthy New…Details
ST JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 26th December 2016 Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister the Hon. Asot Michael continues to receive commendations from his regional and international colleagues having been named Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year, 2016 by the Travel publication, Caribbean Journal. The most recent commendation comes from Tourism and International Transport…Details
Saturday 12th November 2016 … The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne, addressed a packed audience of nationals at the African and Caribbean Centre in Leicester, England on a cold, wet, fall afternoon. The town hall styled meeting was organised by the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission and allowed the Prime…Details
The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives. Now in its third and penultimate year, the 60 young people announced today become part of the growing Queen’s Young Leaders community, a unique network of influential young change-makers who are coming together and being supported to become an even greater force for good. They will receive their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in London next year.
This year, Award winners are leading projects tackling global issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality. Twenty-eight-year-old Lia Nicholson has been chosen in recognition of her work to address climate change.
Lia Nicholson said “The Award will provide a platform for me to connect with communities in different islands in the fight against climate change.”
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Each year for four years, 60 Queen’s Young Leaders receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a week-long residential programme in London, to empower them to build on the work they are leading in their communities which is changing the lives of others for the better.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:
“We are delighted that these incredible young people have been selected as Queen’s Young Leaders, and wish our warmest congratulations to each and every one of them. The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is designed to inspire and nurture the talent of exceptional young people from all over the Commonwealth, so that they can create and lead others towards securing positive changes in communities. The work being undertaken by the latest cohort of Queen’s Young Leaders is addressing some of the most crucial issues facing the Commonwealth today. We cannot wait to see how their impressive endeavours grow and develop over the course of the year to come and beyond.”
To see a full list of Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, and read more about their stories please visit www.queensyoungleaders.com.
For more information contact:
Alessandra D’Almo, Comic Relief– 02078202539/ a.d’firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education, established The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. Guided by the values of the Commonwealth Charter, the goal of the Programme is to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth.
Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. This year’s Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.
As part of the Award, winners will receive bespoke mentoring and online learning provided by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education. Award winners will attend a week-long residential programme in the UK in June, when they will receive their Award at Buckingham Palace from Her Majesty The Queen.
Criteria to win an award:
- Nominees will have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and will show evidence of their achievements
- Nominees will be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the Award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country
- Nominees will demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities
- Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals
- All nominees will need to be supported by a suitable referee
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation, established in 2012, to mark and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth. The Trust has received donations from governments, corporate partners, trusts, foundations, community groups and individuals from across the Commonwealth, and its programmes work in alliance towards eliminating avoidable blindness and to empower a new generation of young leaders. With a five-year timeframe in which to deliver successful programmes, the Trust’s aim is to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, to honour Her Majesty The Queen. For more information go to: www.jubileetribute.org
Comic Relief is a UK charity which aims to create a just world, free from poverty – where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.
For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)
Royal Commonwealth Society
The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. Working through a range of educational, civil society, business and governmental networks, the RCS addresses issues that matter to the Commonwealth citizens. For more information go to:www.thercs.org
The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)
ICE was founded in 1873 and offers a wide range of part-time and short courses for adults, covering topics from the arts and humanities to the sciences and professional qualifications. Based at Madingley Hall in Cambridge, ICE welcomes thousands of students each year to its popular short courses, part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and growing number of online courses.
Independence Service of Thanksgiving, London, 6th November 2016… Antiguans and Barbudans in the United Kingdom beamed with pride and a great sense of responsibility as they came together to celebrate the nation’s 35th Anniversary of Independence. At a Service of Thanksgiving held at the Church of St. Matthias, (Stoke Newington), London on Sunday November 6th…Details
Seventeen Antiguan and Barbudan nationals studying across the United Kingdom accepted an invitation to participate in the launch of the High Commissioner’s Student Ambassadors Programme. Hosted at the High Commission in London, the Student Ambassadors Programme was conceptualised by the High Commissioner to introduce Antiguan and Barbudan students studying across the UK and Europe to the existence and role of the High Commission, provide useful information on scholarships, upcoming internships, training and volunteering opportunities and to promote the work of Antigua and Barbuda diaspora associations in the UK. The programme ultimately aims to reaffirm the High Commission’s commitment to, and value as a source of advice and support to our students while fostering an environment for the formation of meaningful relationships.
In her opening remarks Her Excellency, High Commissioner Karen-Mae Hill, noted:
“Beyond being just an event, we are committed to engaging our students throughout their academic time here in meaningful activities for their benefit, for the benefit of promoting Antigua and Barbuda and also for the enhancement of the society you will call home for the duration of your studies.”
The Student Ambassadors Programme was launched with a welcome reception followed by informative presentations from specially invited guest speakers. Ms Mervin Cesar-John, PRO of the Waltham Forest, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica Twinning Association and Ms Tracy Browne, President of the Antigua and Barbuda National Association (ABNA) represented the two diaspora associations in the UK. Their presence was well received and added an important element in demonstrating to our students that mechanisms for support are available at all levels. Additionally, both associations showcased their work and shared their commitment to advancing the interest of nationals living in the UK.
The presenters on the panel covered a wide range of topics. Guest speakers included Ms Melissa Bryant, Assistant Communications Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat Youth Division; Dr William Bramwell, Programme Officer at the Association of Commonwealth Universities; Dr Barbara Paca, Cultural Envoy to the Ministry of Culture for Antigua and Barbuda; Dr Sharon Bolton, Dean of Student Life at International Student House and Mr Andrew McCallum Security Advisor for the Protective Security Operation Division at the London Metropolitan Police. Students learnt about the Commonwealth Scholarship Programme and the Chevening Scholarships, options for quality student accommodation in London, tips on safety and security while living in the UK and exciting opportunities for internships and public service.
Post panel discussions, a networking session provided the students, High Commission staff and guest speakers alike with an opportunity to engage informally. Kurt Williams, one of the student attendees pursuing an MSc in International Development: Politics, Governance and Development Policy, at the University of Manchester reflected thus:
“The High Commissioner’s Student Ambassador Programme is a phenomenal initiative that has provided a tremendous support system for Antiguan and Barbudan students studying in the UK. It is my hope that the programme will grow from strength to strength and assist scores of students as they adjust to life in the UK and continue to position our Nation as a producer of academic and cultural excellence throughout the globe”.