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.
The launch was part of the third stop of the Sustainability tour undertaken by SYAH Seychelles, whereby youth participants received training on how to deliver the tour in their respective communities. This ‘training of trainers’ programme will kick off around Mahe by getting these youth to deliver a 60-slide presentation of sustainable development education to targeted audiences. Aside to this training, Ginnie Laurencine from the NGO, Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S) gave a presentation on the sustainable development concept. Ms. Laurencine’s presentation led to many interesting discussions on sustainable transport means versus status, waste sorting difficulties, addressing the issue of why people cannot buy local products as well as discussions on how to achieve the right balance. Dr. Byron Blomquist from USA was also present as a guest speaker to deliver a presentation on oceanography. Dr. Blomquist is in Seychelles since January this year and his appearance at this youth event was facilitated by Better Life Foundation, represented by Marco Francis. The youth participants learned about the requirements, duties, challenges and rewards of becoming an oceanographer, but also about his project in the Seychelles with the Meteorological office. Dr. Blomquist’s presentation was in line with the aim of SYAH to get young people to take an interest in such career path and to grow the population of local experts in these fields.