The Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services invites you to join the Department of Culture in commemorating National Heritage Month, October 2018.  The theme for the occasion is "Celebrating from whence we've come".  There is an extensive schedule of activities planned which kick starts on Sunday, September 30, with an Ecumenical Service at the Salem Baptist Church, Grand Turk, commencing at 11:00am. It is important that you mark all scheduled dates on your calendar as the activities planned have been specifically designed with you in mind.

National Heritage Month is a time in which we wholeheartedly observe and celebrate the rich cultural history of our country.  It is through our celebrations that we recognize the work done by our forefathers, and the rich legacies they have left for our enjoyment.  

As a broad framework, we aim to: recognize the role that culture plays in the preservation of our rich heritage; create an avenue for each island to showcase different aspects of our diverse heritage; contribute to the education of our youth with particular emphasis being placed on arts, culture and heritage; and help bridge the gap in transmission of indigenous knowledge, skills and techniques that are specific to our cultural heritage.

As we celebrate, we ask that we each reflect on our level of patriotism to this beautiful country; the role each citizen must play in making this a safer place in which to live, and the steps that are to be taken to make the TCI a more unified country.

Enjoy the celebrations; encourage your neighbours and friends to come out and be a part of the month –long activities.


Child Care and Protection Amendment Passage

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication would like to inform the general public of the passage of the Children (Care and Protection) (Amendment) Ordinance 2018.

Among the amendments are:

  • Replacing the Advisory Committee with the Safeguarding Children’s Board and setting out its functions;
  • Specifying the circumstances around a child being considered “at risk of significant harm”
  • Grounds on which the Court may make a care order
  • Setting out the period of time a child may be kept in secured accommodation without an order of the Court.

Commenting on the amendments Hon. Vaden Williams Minister with responsibility for Social Development said; “Since coming to office, it has been my mission to ensure that greater resources and efforts are allocated to enhancing the state and functioning of the Social Development. The amendment to this Bill is therefore another significant and positive step in that direction, as it strengthens the protection of our children.”

He added; “It is well accepted that children are our future, so it naturally follows that their overall protection is vital to securing that bright future, which we all would like to see for them and our country. As Minister responsible for Social Development, let me also take this opportunity to say that protecting and safeguarding our children must be a collective and national effort.”

In closing Hon. Williams noted that going forward, he would be calling on and collaborating with all stakeholders throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands as they work assiduously towards making the lives of our children safer, prosperous and enriching.



It is a great pleasure for me to address you today during this important occasion as we commemorate National Youth Week in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This week is the time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of young people in our society. 


As we observe Youth Week under the theme “Empowering the Youth, One Island at a Time, no child left Behind”, I wish to inform the youths of this nation that the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that their future is paved so that they will be able to make meaningful contributions to the nation’s development.


As Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, I have realized that Turks and Caicos young people are a national priority and as such the Department of Youth is committed to doing its part by developing comprehensive programmes and policies using a strategic approach aimed at addressing the critical needs of the youth of these islands.


The Ministry of Education recognize and embrace the crucial roles that we are expected to play in ensuring that the government’s commitment to the youth is fulfilled.   We will continue to invest in young people so that they will have access to education, training and decent jobs to achieve their full potential.   The Department of Youth stands ready to implement and execute its mandates which aim at preparation and empowerment of our youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Education is the most important asset that our youth should and must acquire; my government has invested in many new policies and initiatives to succeed in improving education and making it accessible.   Through education, each one of our youth is able to realize their own potential, contribute to our communities and to the broader society.


As we observe this day, I encourage youths to make full use of the resources provided to enhance their development and their respective communities whilst fostering peace and social cohesion.  Remember when God touches the heart of a young man or woman, they become capable of doing tremendous things.  The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49)


As Minister of Education, I celebrate with the youth to bring about change and I am strongly committed to listening to the voices of the young people and opening pathways for meaningful participation in decisions that affect them, hence the Listening Tours throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Ministry will continue to strengthen our relationships with academic and training institutions, at home and abroad, to ensure our youth are skilled and empowered.   Encouraging initiatives that will enable them to make meaningful contributions in their personal and community’s development throughout the islands.


Happy National Youth Week to all Youths throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands!  Celebrate!