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First ever Belizean nominated for Commonwealth Youth Council

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Andrew Munnings made history this week by becoming the first Belizean to ever be nominated to the post of Caribbean and Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Youth Council.

Munnings, a Youth Advocate Officer with the Department of Youth Services in the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, will compete against 19 other nominees in November at the Commonwealth Youth Forum, to be held in CHOGM Malta.

Nominees will compete for nine posts, representing four regions. If successful, Munnings will represent a total of 1.2 billion people under the age of 30.

Munnings has begun a series of special trainings with the DYS, in areas such as oral presentation to prepare for the event.

“I want to be able to show the other countries in the region what Belize has to offer, and the value that my Belizean heritage can add to the Council”, Munnings said. “Looking at the forum’s theme, Belize is small but not too small to add global value, and I want to show that we can do that.”

Munnings leaves Belize on November 18 for the forum, which will be held from November 20-26, under the theme “Adding global value..what next?”

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