As stated by Pamela Cox, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, “This Conference provides an excellent platform to work together in moving forward an agenda that puts youth first. More analysis and a broader exchange of experiences are critical in identifying policies and instruments to address the risky behavior”.
With a practical and multi-sectoral approach to problems related to boys at risk, and building upon existing knowledge and positive experiences that exist in the region, the second day of the conference focused on the identification of a common platform for action and concrete activities towards its fulfillment.
The development of a Common Platform for Action included the identification of general priority issues to deal with keeping boys out of risk in the region in the two thematic blocks: Schooling and Education; and, School to Work Transition and Skills Development. The challenges and priority issues were identified as individual, family/household, community, local institutions and national institutions level.
On a country level basis, each country delegation representing the education, youth and/or labor sector in 15 Caribbean countries, discussed and presented their key priority issues and suggested actions, and even committed to specific first steps to deal with the issue of boys at risk.
Furthermore, parallel to the country group sessions, the development cooperation stakeholders that were present met to discuss possible synergies and opportunities for support. Institutions that participated in the conference included: the Commonwealth Secretariat, CIDA, CARICOM, CDB, Caribbean Examinations Council, Commonwealth Education Trust, Commonwealth Games of Canada, IADB, International Youth Foundation, OECS, UNICEF, University of Cambridge and the University of West Indies.
The result of the two and a half day long conference is summarized in the presentation: “Common Platform for Action”.