Title: Edutainment conference for CARIFESTA - Minister Anthony
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Title: Edutainment conference for CARIFESTA - Minister Anthony
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: GINA
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Thursday, 14 August 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
La Fleur, Patrice
Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport
Anthony, Frank
CARIFESTA Youth Sub-Committee
King, Alfred
Abstract: Article reports on the presentation of a G$10 million cheque by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport to provide sponsorship for the hosting of an Edutainment Conference scheduled for CARIFESTA X. Notes that edutainment uses entertainment to disseminate information on issues that affect youths and as a strategy to promote and encourage behavioural change among youths.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100694
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
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Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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GUYANA CHRONICLE Thursday, August, 14, 2008

Edutainment Conference


E United Nations Popula-
' Fund, (UNFPA) yesterday
ided over a $10M cheque
the Ministry of Culture,
,uth and Sport for the
lutainment Conference,
't of the tenth Caribbean

Festival of Creative Arts *" I ISt
(CARIFESTA X), programme.
The cheque was handed CARIFESTA Secretariat on
over to Minister of Culture, Middle Street.
Youth and Sport, Dr Frank An- Minister Anthony noted
thony, by UNFPA's liaison of- that the Ministry intended to
ficer, Patrice La Fluer, at the make CARIFESTA X one with


UNFPA's Liaison Officer, Patrice La Fleur hands over the cheque to Minister Anthony.

er Anthony

a difference, since the focus is on
youths in terms of edutainment.
He said this has never happened
at any CARIFESTA before and
that the focus on youth through
edutainment is due to the fact
that a lot of things could be im-
parted to young people, but if it
is done in a youth friendly envi-
ronment, they would assimilate
the information more effectively.
He further said that
edutainment is simply using
entertainment for educa-
tional purposes, and that a
number of groups in the re-
gion have been involved in
edutainment over the last
five years. Guyana has also
cultivated a number of such
groups with many of them
having their genesis in HIV/
Minister Anthony noted
that the Edutainment Confer-
ence will bring together the
Edutainment groups from
around the Caribbean at the
wide spectrum of cultural activi-
ties for CARIFESTA X.
Speaking also at the press
briefing was Alfred King,
Chairman of the Sub Commit-
tee for the Youth Village, who
said that they are "seeking to
draw the attention of young
people to the issues involving
them and what they can do to
make a difference."
King said that UNFPA is
sponsoring the air fares, hotel
accommodation and transporta-
tion for delegations from the
participating countries.
La Fleur said the partner-
ship of the UNFPA Caribbean
Sub regional office with the
Ministry of Culture, Youth and
Sport is part of its adolescent
and youth development project
for the Caribbean.
"It has been proven that
edutainment is an excellent strat-
egy for addressing behaviour
change among young people.
We are aware that young people
in the region are affected by
HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy,
crime, drug abuse and many
other social problems. The
edutainment artistes who w ill bhe
participating have already ad-
dressed these issues in their
popular edutainment methods,"
La Fleur said.
At the workshops on Au-
gust 23, the edutainment groups
across the region will share their
experiences with the local
groups so that after
CARIFESTA X 'there can be
the multiplier effect.'
The UNFPA is an inter-
national development
agency that supports coun-
tries in using population
data for policies and
programmes by linking
population and develop-
ment, promoting gender
equality, advancing human
rights, supporting adoles-
cent and youth, making
motherhood safer, using
culturally sensitive ap-
proaches, preventing HIV
infection, assisting in
emergencies, securing es-
sential supplies, and build-
ing support/donations and
procurement. (GINA)

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