The reported political wrongdoings by leaders in the British Virgin Islands are not escaping the notice of the younger generation, religious educator Trevaughn Todman has said.
Todman, who was delivering an address known as ‘The Youths’ Perspective’ at the Territory Day event on Monday said these reports are negatively impacting the youths in the territory.
“In schools, students are to write journals for my religious education class. Many journal entries are written with tears, hopelessness, despair and even thoughts to take one’s life,” he said.
“What is the message? Today, I share some thoughts by us the youths.”
According to Todman, many young people are aware of the ‘political gossip’ circulating in the territory.
“Many of us are aware of monies spent on a wall around Elmore Stoutt High School. Many of us are aware of millions spent on an airline that has since flown away, many of us are aware of the lack of financial transparency, [and] that our territory’s wellbeing is at stake by the very decisions that our leaders make,” said a dauntless Todman.
Young people can’t be fooled
Todman further said the younger generation sees beyond the mask that some leaders tend to use, particularly in light of the looming general election.
The general election is constitutionally due next year. However, from recent indications, it could be earlier than the projected summer of 2019 date.
“Though it may seem that we are not aware, we are vigilant and cannot be fooled. Our leaders feel as [political] campaign time draws near they can wash away the unethical acts and pretend to have a Damascus conversion. We see beyond pretence and superficial acts. We see the lack of love and justice, and integrity and honesty. We see and request better.”
He said the youths are also taking note of how the elected representatives behave in the House of Assembly.
“We see the bad attitudes, we see the egotistical motives, and the list of observations can go on and on … As we press on to greater autonomy, let us stop and reflect on the mistakes that have been made and learn from them. If we don’t, we would be moving around in circles making the same mistakes and never realize,” he reasoned.
The young educator said the decisions leaders make ‘today’ will either be “like streams of living water, or poison.”
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