The Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart (fourth from left), Prime Minister of Barbados and benefactor, Derrick Smith (second from right), celebrate following the unveiling of the plaque at the grand opening of the Derrick Smith School and Vocational Centre, as (from left) Her Honour Senator Kerryann Ifill, President of the Senate; Gay Smith, wife of benefactor Derrick Smith; the Hon. Ronald Jones, Minister of Education; and Phillipa Challis, Director of the school, join in the celebrations.
Adolescents and adults with special needs will now have a secondary school and vocational centre which they can attend, to be taught life skills, self-sufficiency and a range of valuable skills.
The Derrick Smith School and Vocational Centre at Lears in St. Michael celebrated its grand opening yesterday with an official plaque unveiling ceremony, led by guest of honour, the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, members of his Cabinet – Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler and Minister of Education, Ronald Jones; and other dignitaries.
Benefactor, Derrick Smith, speaking on behalf of the Smith Family which includes his wife Gay and his children Paul, Vivienne and Tara, noted that he was inspired to build the school on account of his 12-year-old grandson Ryan, who suffered from Acute Encephalitis 11 years ago, resulting in permanent brai...