Members of the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (SKNYPA) have “learned a lot” from the first MOAS to be held in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member country.
Eight members of SKNYPA and three of its partners assumed the role of OAS Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General, and other key authority positions during the 33rd MOAS. The group’s president DeHaan Henry said that the members are quite familiar with parliamentary procedures from their sessions in youth parliament and that the MOAS has expanded their understanding of international protocols.
“It’s a different style of debate,” Mr. Henry said. “While parliamentary protocol is still observed, the way that resolutions are passed and the way that the work is done were really eye openers.”
SKNYPA intends to take the lessons learned from the past three days (March 24 to 26) and share them with youth across St. Kitts and Nevis.
“We are actually going to be doing model-styled work,” Mr. Henry indicated. “That is something that we have to encourage throughout .By having or hosting more models in St. Kitts and Nevis, it will inform persons of what the OAS is doing and what it stands for. That is our commitment coming out of this.”
The SKNYPA president insisted that youths must embrace their responsibility in society.
“Young people, we are a majority and we should have more say. But having more say doesn’t mean we should just walk into a building and say we have a right. With rights, come responsibilities and we have to be more responsible as young people with our country and the decision- making process. We have a responsibility to be informed and with the information that we receive, we have to do what is necessary to put us in the forefront,” Mr. Henry said.