CTUSAB President sounds SOS to retired teachers
The president of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) and past president of National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Cedric Murrell has made an appeal to retired teachers.
Murrell’s appeal came as he delivered a keynote address during the graduation ceremony of the NUPW Education Outreach School (NEOS), which was held at NUPW’d headquarters. He urged the retired teachers to follow the example of Jeff Broomes, a retired teacher who dedicated his time to teaching young students on Saturday mornings.
The president’s address was appropriately themed “You are the Potential World class Opinion Shapers and Leaders” as he spent 30 minutes delivering words of encouragement to the graduating class.
“I think that it is important for us in these challenging times for young people, to provide them to some extent with our advice and council as to what they can be in life,” he said.
He told the young persons that even though they were young, they had the power to be opinion shapers.
“You exist in a society and I’m sure that you are influencing your peers and the people in your schools. Influencing in terms of the example that you set and the outcome that you desire. So don’t ever feel that your opinions and what you do does not matter,” he said.
He lamented that as they set foot in their new schools in September, they had the power to do the best that they could and encouraged them to put their best foot forward.
Murrell congratulated the graduands for their achievements and the grades that they achieved in the 2017 BSSEE and commended them for dedicating their Saturday mornings to be able to learn and gain knowledge.
“After going to school from Monday to Friday and coming here on Saturdays, that shows me that you are interested in your own development and at the same time that you understand and appreciate the benefit of finding yourself in a position that you can improve your knowledge and understanding,” he said. (CLF)