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By Fareeza Haniff in Panama City
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nineteen – year – old Ja’asriel Bishop from Mocha, East Bank Demerara is representing Guyana at the Young Americas Forum ahead of the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Bishop, a Volunteer Peer Educator, was nominated to represent his country by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, speaking on issues affecting youth in Guyana and projects implemented by the Ministry to develop education and security.
During an interview with iNews, Bishop explained that he briefed the forum about Guyana’s Voluntary School Club project, which encourages students to share what they have learned with communities in which they live. He has been a volunteer since the age of 9.
What sparked Bishop’s interest however, was when the issue of Guyana’s ‘Vote Like A Boss’ campaign was pointed out for discussion; a campaign which was heavily opposed by the Culture and Youth Ministry and by extension the Guyana government.
Bishop told iNews that the discussion started when the Director of The Bahamas Ministry of Culture stated that he came across the hashtag, ‘Vote Like A Boss.’
“So it was interesting to know that something Guyanese and youth from Guyana started goodly recognized, it was very interesting and I had to share it,” Bishop said.
With the support of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Vote Like A Boss Campaign is geared towards encouraging youths to vote on May 11.
Meanwhile, Bishop plans to return to Guyana and share his recent knowledge and experience from Panama.
“The information that I will be taking back to Guyana more or less isn’t a report; it’s more of what I would have experienced and how I think the information which was provided here to implement projects or maybe implement a project that would benefit youths of Guyana and more so schools through the volunteers group.”
The youth forum ended on Thursday, April 09.