St. Lucia’s reigning National Carnival Queen has embarked on an initiative aimed at building character and self-esteem, particularly amongst girls at the infant and primary school level.
The Empowerment of Girls Club targets students between the ages of 8 and 12.
The launching of the Empowerment of Girls Club at the Palm Haven Hotel is the initiative of Carnival Queen Tyler Theophane with strong support from her sponsor Financial Investment and Consultancy Services FICS.
The 2016/2017 Carnival Queen believes self-esteem and character building need to be instilled from an early age – when young children are very impressionable.
Tyler Theophane – National Carnival Queen 2016
In: they’re opened up to Out…..you can do so much more
Teddy Francis – Director of Carnival
IN: A big weaknesss in our country… Out…that we can achieve
The rational for the initiative was endorsed by the Director of Carnival Teddy Francis who agreed that building confidence is a critical ingredient in developing a more productive member of society.
In: Our country and our… Out…cognitive strength and so is developed
The participants were addressed by one of their peers – Ariel Mitchell – she topped the common entrance results last year. Ariel advised students on the need for balance in their approach to life.
Ariel Mitchell – Topped Common Entrance Results last year
In: Let’s talk about balancing..
The Minister for Social Transformation Fortuna Belrose was the first of two guest speakers to address the students. She advised them to approach their goals through the acronym Rumba.
Fortuna Belrose – Minister for Social Transformation
In: They must be realistic… Out…. an achievable thing….
SFX Victor Louise
The second guest speaker, the 2010 Carnival Queen Louise Victor, also the outgoing President of the National Youth Council engaged the participants in a number of character building exercises. There was also a cake decoration activity designed to stimulate the imagination and at the end – certificates of attendance were presented to the inspired students.
A similar activity will take place for young girls from the Choiseul community on April 22nd.