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Greater access for young people to attend Islands of the World XII Conference

HLSCC - Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Students and other young people everywhere are being encouraged to attend and participate actively in the Islands of the World XII Conference, which will be hosted at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College from 29 May to 1 June.

President Dr. Karl Dawson has issued the call in the wake of several opportunities becoming available to delegates with financial constraints through awards of scholarships and, in some instances, free registration.

The College itself has led the way by waiving registration fees for international students and delegates who have expressed the need for financial assistance. Local students are not left out either, as Renata Rubaine was awarded free registration after her recent success in an international essay competition. She will also present her winning entry on day four of the conference.

In addition, Walden Benjamin, a student of the BVI Technical Vocational Institute, was granted free registration after he won a competition held last year by the College to come up with a conference logo.

Further, HLSCC has launched a student ambassador programme for the conference, which will allow students to participate in the event and be a part of a team to assist delegates while they are in the territory. For this programme, interested students should contact the College’s Student Success Centre, tel. 852-7102, 852-7168.

Meanwhile, First Caribbean International Bank will cover the registration costs for four international students, and Nanny Cay Marina has offered three rooms to assist delegates who will be travelling from long distances and have incurred high airfares to participate in the conference.

Also, the International Small Islands Studies Association, under whose auspices the conference is being held, has offered five scholarships for international students who have already had their papers accepted.

President Dawson said the College is extremely grateful for the various companies and individuals who have come forward to give financial assistance to young people, both within and outside of the Virgin Islands.

Several opportunities are still available for sponsorship, and potential sponsors should contact Conference Chair Dana Lewis Ambrose, tel. 852-7035, to indicate their interest. Theme for the conference is “Globalisation: Islands Adapting to Change.”

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