The Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat, continued its mandate to include youth as a part of the development planning process when it transformed the “Take Your Child to Work Day” initiative, under National Careers Week, into an interactive youth forum.
Under this initiative Vision 2030 Jamaica, in partnership with Junior Achievement Jamaica, engaged 30 third and fourth form students, from the Meadowbrook High School, in a range of activities under the theme: “Careers to 2030…Visioning for the Future”.
In her charge to the students, Elizabeth Emanuel, Programme Director for Vision 2030 Jamaica, urged the students to play their part in helping to achieve Vision 2030 Jamaica.
Alphie Mullings-Aiken, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Jamaica, who brought opening remarks, told the students that they should begin to think about the problems they see around them and devise solutions that they can transform into entrepreneurial ventures. She also advised the students that it is not too early to begin thinking about starting a business and that they should see their fellow classmates as potential business partners.
The students were further engaged in interactive sessions which highlighted new and emerging jobs to 2030, to assist the students in choosing career paths. Some of the emerging careers introduced to the third and fourth formers included Robot Counselor, Tele-medicine Surgeon, Hydroponics Engineer, Rewilder,among others.
The Forum also engaged students in a visioning exercise about the Jamaica they want by 2030.
The visioning exercise, which was led by Peisha Byan, Social Sector Specialist with the secretariat, focused on the four goals of the National Development Plan.
The students showcased their creativity by using art, dance, drama and songs to demonstrate their vision of what they want Jamaica to look like in the year 2030.
The event culminated a week of activities for National Careers Week which was celebrated from February 13-17 under the theme, “Expanding Horizons for Vision 2030.”