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Director-General UNESCO launches Youth PATH Phase 2 in Bahamas

The UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura will launch the second phase of the UNESCO Caribbean poverty alleviation project, Youth PATH on May 21 at a ceremony taking place at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel in Nassau, The Bahamas at 9:00 a.m. This event will be held in the presence of Hon. Neville W. Wisdom, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Youth Poverty Alleviation Through Tourism and Heritage, Youth PATH, is a UNESCO initiative designed to enable young people in the Caribbean between ages 15 to 25 to utilize innovative skills for sustainable employment in the area of Heritage Tourism and preservation of Heritage Sites. The main goal of this project is to contribute to poverty alleviation of young men and women in the Caribbean.

This project was piloted last year in five countries in the region - The Bahamas, Barbados Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More than 100 hundred young people have been trained since then in areas such as tour guiding, marketing of community cultural and heritage sites, interpretative and entrepreneurial skills and computer training.  This year the project will be expanded to three more countries -Belize, Dominica and Suriname.

Following the launch, the Director-General of UNESCO will visit Gambier village which was selected as one the Youth PATH project sites in the Bahamas last year. A series of community cultural activities will be held during the visit in the presence of Mr. Matsuura and representatives from the Government of the Bahamas.