Mrs Blondel Cluff CBE, Representative of the Government of Anguilla to the UK and EU and Special Adviser to the Chief Minister, attended Brussels on the 29th August, together with a delegation from her office in London of the Government. During the three-day visit, she met with Milan Jezic von Gesserneck, head of OCTA Innovations and thanked him for his dedication and support Anguilla’s youth. In so doing, Mrs Cluff noted the extraordinary efforts of Bren Romney, Director of Anguilla’s Department of Youth and Culture and his colleagues in Anguilla who have served the next generation of Anguillians without interruption, despite the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Irma in 2017.
The Department of Youth and Culture of Anguilla launched a public sensitisation campaign on the ‘Women in Construction Apprenticeship Programme”.
The programme is funded through OCTA Innovation pilot projects and intends to establish an apprenticeship system for women ages 16 and over, which will facilitate the involvment of women in the construction industry. It will cater to women who wish to pursue a career in the construction industry, to have further opportunity for employment during Anguilla’s slow season, or simply to empower themselves in an area which involves unique or unconventional skill sets for the majority of women.
It will include a component of structured training and theory in addition to the pratical hands-on training.
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We are very proud to announce that Ms. Njeri Richardson-Carty, who was awarded OCTA Innovation BIC Award last year, is qualified for the Erasmus Young Entrepreneur programme.
According to her, this is “an opportunity of a life time.”
Bren Romney, Innovation Manager for Anguilla, Director of the Department of Youth and Culture within the Government of Anguilla has extensively promoted the EU-funded programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.
As a result, 3 Anguilla candidates have successfully been qualified for this programme:
- Njeri Richardson, in the Education and training services
- Nakieta Adams, in the Advertising, promotion, printing, media and related products and services
- Melisse Jennings, in the Music, theater, events and related cultural and entertainment services
In Anguilla, a Small Innovation Project has been implemented to preserve the built culture and encourage women participation and inclusion in the construction sector. Both elements of this initiative fall within the construction sector. Both are encouraging OCTs to rethink how best is possible to preserve or rebuild buildings of historical or cultural significance and how to break free of conventional stereotypes that exclude women from employment in the construction sector.
The passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused a significant amount of damage to the built infrastructure of all OCTs affected. In Anguilla alone, more than 95% of the culturally significant buildings were completely destroyed or received varying degrees of damage rendering these structures unusable or unsafe. The built heritage is a defining factor of the region so is important to identify innovative ways to preserve it from climate change and its resulting effects.
Bren Romney, Anguilla Innovation Director in cooperation with his colleagues and local stakeholders organised very successful workshop in greenhouses. It was widely discussed the basis of a pilot greenhouses programme that could be developed either on regional basis with other islands having the same problematic or/and with linkages with tourism sector and water sector.
Jibri Lewis, an Anguillian student studying at MIT, has developed his own concept for harnessing the power of ocean waves. And, it might just make its way to Anguilla for testing!
Working towards making Anguilla an energy independent country, Jibri Lewis, an Anguillan student studying at MIT, has developed his own concept to accumulate energy from the sea and to harness the power of ocean waves. It might just make its way to Anguilla for testing!
He got to MIT as a result of a science fair project at his local high school. He developed a unique concept to accumulate energy from the sea. From his research he found no examples of what he required, so he made his own prototype for Anguilla using his research. The prototype ended up being a huge success but was not enough to earn him first place at the science fair. What it did though was much bigger. He was able to make connections with a professor at MIT and receive grant funding from the governor’s office for his project which served in building, testing and tweaking his idea and ultimately patenting this new found wave energy principle.
Anguilla has the idea land to coastline ration for this project. The grant funded prototype is still off the coast of windward point. He was then able to lease his patent to MIT and his idea has grown into something that could potentially benefit the world. He wants to bring his idea back home to Anguilla for testing which requires local support and legislation among other things. Anguilla could become less dependent on other countries for energy. Many renewable energy systems require large areas of land, which is highly valuable, treasured and scarce due to the island’s size.