Students at the Sir McChesney George Secondary School in Barbuda have been encouraged to be “the best they can be and view the law as a worthy profession to which they can aspire”.
The encouragement came from attorney at law Amaya Athill during a presentation at the school Thursday morning as part of an engagement between the students and a delegation from the National Coordinating Committee (NCC). The NCC team is visiting Barbuda as part of its national education and sensitization campaign on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC).
“The discussion on the CCJ and the Privy Council should inspire each one of you to realize that pursuing law provides an opportunity to contribute to the development of our lives and our jurisprudence,” she explained.
Noting that it was not her intention to tell them how to vote, Athill said she wanted to encourage each of them to take an interest in this issue; register to vote, and then vote in the upcoming referendum. “I’m counting on all of you,” she added.
During the session the Public Relations Officer for ABEC, Anne Harewood George provided a synopsis of the electoral process and she involved the students in a role play about the work of ABEC.
In the interactive role play, Harewood George demonstrated the functionality of the Electoral Commission and the role of the Supervisor of Elections in the forthcoming referendum. She discussed the criteria for registration and encouraged the students who are 18 years or over to register immediately in order to exercise their franchise.
At the end of the session, several of the students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn about the justice system and how it affects their lives. In particular, they say they were pleased to receive information on both the CCJ and the JCPC.
“I now have a better understanding of the CCJ and the Privy Council and I am now better able to appreciate the difference,” one male student stated.
The NCC team also took the opportunity to invite the students to attend the town hall meeting planned for later in the evening at the Pentecostal Church.