83 people made an appearance to this youth and ocean focussed event organised by the SIDS Youth AIMS Hub- Seychelles on the 28th March 2015 at 1330. The enthusiasm and interest in the topic of the Blue Economy concept was obvious. This half day workshop was opened by the Minister of Finance, Trade and the Blue economy. He reached out to the youths asking that they seize the opportunities that are available and especially to take up careers that would assist with the development of the blue economy. Miss Shantana Barbe, the Secretary of SIDS Youth AIMS Hub- Seychelles gave a short address on the objectives behind this event. The first half of the workshop was aimed at providing education and empowerment for young people in the development of the Blue Economy. The second half was SYAH-SEYCHELLES insisting that youths are involved in the development of the Blue Economy by bringing high level officials to spend an afternoon listening to the concerns and proposals of young people regarding its development and where they seem themselves fitting in.
The SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH) of Seychelles launched a national competition on sustainable development on Saturday 28 February 2015 at the Youth Centre in Victoria. This annual competition was launched last year in Mauritius with the focus on the ocean and this year Seychelles will host a brand new edition. The objective of this project is to get youth involved and aware of sustainable development in all of its three pillars; environment, social and economic. The competition is open to youth aged 9-30 years old and entries can be as individuals or teams in any of the following categories; poetry, essay, poster, photography, song, public speaking or project writing. The deadline for submission of entries is 15th April however youth are invited to register by 30th March on firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting SYAH headquarters on 2557600 for further details. The star prize for the competition is a fully funded boat excursion for six people while there will be other interesting prizes for finalists. This competition was launched on Saturday at the close of a special youth forum on sustainable development.