Front row: Acting Permanent Secretary, Janet Phillips (first from left); Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw (fifth from left); and Chief Education Officer Karen Best (first from right) with the 2019 Exhibition recipients.
Scholarship, Exhibition recipients asked to ‘remember’ Barbados
This year’s Barbados Scholarship and Exhibition recipients have been told to find a way to give back to this country in future.
Education Minister, Santia Bradshaw gave this advice while explaining, “giving back does not necessarily mean you have to come back. It may mean that you will have to pay back, but it also means that in your respective fields and your chosen careers that you have to be thinking of Barbados and thinking of Barbados not just as a place where you come back to vacation but this country needs you to be able to continue to help pull some weight.”
She added “in whatever you do, do not forget the foundation because it is really key that you remember us and that you are prepared as you go on in your respective careers, to be able to find a way to give back to this little old country that has laid the foundation for you and has given you the platform to go on to your respective universities and to your respective careers.”
Bradshaw’s comments came as she addressed Friday’s press conference at the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College. During this, it was stated that there were 27 scholarships and 36 Exhibitions winners.
The Education Minister urged the recipients of both to “return to Barbados because we need some help and a lot of times we are finding that after we have made the investment in your careers a lot of persons are not returning to the island. We want to be able to encourage you to be able to find ways to give back to Barbados.”