Thursday 18 October, 2018

Kamla urges parents: Encourage daughters to dream

While much progress has been made in Trinidad and Tobago to open doors to greater opportunities for girls, there is much more work to be done.

That’s the view of Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who said girls must be encouraged to be confident, let their voices be heard as each of them has a valuable contribution to make towards developing a brighter future for our country.

She made the comment on the occasion of International Day of the Girl, observed across the world today.  

Persad-Bissessar said T&T has made great strides in ensuring that its children have access to pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary education, but noted that challenges remain. 

“Our girls and young women are indeed fortunate to be able to access opportunities for employment, healthcare and other services, however, the challenges of poverty, abuse, reduced access to education and gender discrimination remain hurdles that we must work harder to overcome.”

The Opposition leader shared her vision for the nation’s children - one in which they can take advantage of the Digital Age – the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“I want to see a future where all our children, have opportunities to explore fields such as coding, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, software and application development and more.  It is truly an exciting time, and I have great hope for our future generations.”

She said parents have an obligation to encourage daughters to dream and also work with them to accomplish those dreams. 

“We must encourage them to be confident, to let their voices be heard, and to understand that each of them has a valuable contribution to make towards developing a brighter future for our country.”

The Opposition leader stated her recommittment to working to empower the nation’s girls.

She is encouraging them to be bold, brave and to work hard towards achieving their goals and their dreams.


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