Minister Faber meets with UDP Youths Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Almost every Saturday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. you can find the youngest (and perhaps most enthusiastic) supporters of the United Democratic Party assembled together at the party headquarters on Youth for the Future Drive. The United Democratic Party’s rise to relevance on the national political stage was the result of a powerful youth movement. Many officials of the present administration can testify of the passion developed for country and party during meetings of the Youth Popular Front back in the days. The Youth Popular Front is back and senior officials of the United Democratic Party are working with the group to make it as dynamic as years past.

On Saturday, November 23rd, Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, attended a meeting of the Youth Popular Front. Faber has been the group’s most dedicated supporter and had attended numerous meetings since its resurgence. He sees it as a responsibility because he too was a member of the Youth Popular Front. On Saturday there were over forty youths present at the meeting, as young as eight and a couple in their early thirties. Faber spoke to them about his experiences as a member of the group. He said it was then that he developed a passion for volunteerism. He always volunteered to be part of the party’s initiatives, especially Faith Babb’s initiatives. It was this willing attitude that earned him opportunities to move forward in the party- to the point where he was a legitimate contender for Standard Bearer in Collet and now to the point where he is one of the most secured Area Representatives of the country. Faber encouraged the youths to adapt a similar spirit of volunteerism and to take the party’s message wherever they go.

After his address to the youths, Faber spent some time with them for casual discussions. The youths asked about national issues and Minister Faber spoke candidly. One topic that was of specific interest to the young men and women was the saga of the University of Belize and its President. Faber discussed the sequence of events with them and spoke of internal conversations between parties. He assured them that the University has a system in place to ensure that operations are not affected by the President’s absence. Faber also assured them that the Ministry of Education and the University’s Board will work tirelessly to find a well qualified visionary to assume the post of President as soon as is possible.

Youths interested in joining the Youth Popular Front are invited to attend meetings on Saturdays starting at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. The group is currently working on a food and toy drive. The members hope to collect enough food items and toys to be able to give a basket to one family in each constituency of Belize City. Anyone interested in making donations can drop it off at a meeting on Saturdays at the U.D.P. Headquarters.