VYBZING Youth Forum on Road Safety

Day 1

2013 VYBZING Youth Forum in St. Lucia Kicks Off

Globally, more young people die as a result of traffic accidents than any other factor. This grim statistic was shared with participants in the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) annual VYBZING Youth Forum on the theme, “Road Safety: Save a Life, Save a Future,” which kicked off yesterday, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Bay Gardens Inn, St. Lucia

The three-day forum led by Mr. Floor Lieshout and Mr. Manpreet Darroch of Youth for Road Safety (YOURS), seeks to illustrate to participants the scope of the road safety problem as it relates to the youth, and to highlight how distracted driving contributes to road traffic accidents, while sharing tips on how this can be avoided.

During day one of the interactive forum, the 26 participants discussed why road safety is a serious global problem requiring immediate attention, focusing especially on the road safety situation in St. Lucia and the factors which make younger persons more at risk for road traffic injuries.

Opening remarks at the session were delivered by Mrs. Yvette Lemonias-Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary, Caribbean Development Bank and Honourable Shawn Edward, Minister of Youth Development and Sports. There was also a presentation by Ms. Lenita Joseph, Chief Transport Officer, Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, which shared the traffic accident statistics for St. Lucia and the road safety initiatives implemented by the Government of St. Lucia.

The session continues today, focusing on how to implement a road safety project. Participants will identify a road safety problem in their community, explore and identify a range of project ideas, and identify and scope a project to execute in their community.

CAPTION: At the start of the session participants were asked to answer a few key road safety questions.

Day 2

Day 2 of VYBZING Youth Forum Project Focused

The key elements which comprise the project management cycle and how they can be used to scope and implement road safety based projects was the focus of yesterday’s VYBZING Youth Forum session.

The 26 registered participants used the information learnt to scope their own ‘real life’ projects for St. Lucia. Participants identified road safety problems in St. Lucia and explore and identified a range of project ideas to address the issues. They were then placed in groups to formulate a plan for their chosen project. Each group was required to pitch their plan to a panel of judges who provided feedback and tips. The judges were Youth for Road Safety’s (YOURS), Director, Mr. Floor Lieshout; Chief Transport Officer, Ms. Lenita Joseph and CDB’s Operations Officer (EID), Mr. Glen McCarvell.

Group 1’s presentation titled, ‘See a Safer City, focused on better road signage, while Group 2 looked at a safe driver rewards program with ‘Safe Driver’ branded bumper stickers. Group 2 even prepared a catchy slogan as part of their message, “Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel, Mind on my Driving.” Group 3 pitched the idea of an incentivised driving etiquette programme targetting minibus drivers. Group 4’s project titled, ‘Community Awareness in Road Safety (CARS)’ focused on changing the community’s attitudes about road safety.

Mr. Lieshout stressed to participants the important of community involvement, “The community should be given the opportunity to participate in all stages of the project. Both persons affected directly and indirectly.”

Student, Ms. Lyncia Antoine described the Forum as ‘very informative.’ “I have a presentation to make at school and I could not decide on a topic, now I know I will present on road safety. The project management cycle information and tips shared will be very useful in student life and professionally,” she said.

Participant, Mr. Nadge Augustin, Senior Field Officer, National Youth Council, described the Forum as timely. “The statistics for St. Lucia speak for themselves. Road safety is an area which we perhaps have not paid close enough attention to so this exercise in very timely in equipping the age group most impacted by road traffic injuries with the knowledge and tools needed to address those factors which put them at increased risk.”

Day 3

Youth Declaration for Road Safety Ready

The Youth Declaration for Road Safety is complete and has been signed by all of the participants in the 2013 VYBZING Youth Forum held under the theme, “Road Safety: Save a Life, Save a Future,” from May 15 – 17, 2013 at the Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

On the final day of the Forum participants worked on crafting the declaration, fine-tuning the content, scope and tone, to ensure it truly communicated their road safety needs and expectations.

The signed declaration will be presented to the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Board of Governors during the Closing Ceremony of the Annual Meeting on May 23, 2013.

The VYBZING Youth Forum is part of the CDB’s Youth VYBZING Outreach Programme. The programme is a platform for youth engagement with emphasis on youth empowerment and participation in the development process.

The VYBZING Youth Forum was conducted in collaboration with the Government of St. Lucia’s Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, and was facilitated by Youth For Road Safety (YOURS), an international youth-led and youth-oriented non-governmental organisation focused on young road safety.

CAPTION: Participants split into groups to discuss the wording of the Youth Declaration for Road Safety.

CDB Issues Road Safety Project Challenge to St. Lucian Youth

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) announced it has allocated USD10,000 in funding assistance to implement one of the road safety projects conceptualised by participants in the recently concluded VYBZING Youth Forum under the theme, “Road Safety: Save a Life, Save a Future.”

The participants have been challenged to prepare feasible project proposals for submission to the Bank for funding consideration. The chosen project will receive the USD10,000 in funding assistance.

Mr. Glen McCarvell, Operations Officer, Economic Infrastructure Division, CDB, shared with participants the parameters of the project challenge. He stated that the project must be centred on safer roads and mobility, or safer road users, and the proposal must include the project rationale, a project description, an implementation plan and a budget. Participants were also advised of the evaluation criteria and challenge documentation submission schedule.

The VYBZING Youth Forum took place from May 15 – 17, 2013 at the Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

The VYBZING Youth Forum is part of the CDB’s Youth VYBZING Outreach Programme. The programme is a platform for youth engagement with emphasis on youth empowerment and participation in the development process.

The VYBZING Youth Forum was conducted in collaboration with the Government of St. Lucia’s Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, and was facilitated by Youth For Road Safety (YOURS), an international youth-led and youth-oriented non-governmental organisation focused on young road safety.

CAPTION: Glen McCarvell, Operations Officer, Economic Infrastructure Division, CDB, shared with participants the parameters of the road safety project challenge.