Social Development SEED Programme ‘blossoming’ into great things

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 7:13 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, September 9, 2014 – GIS: One week into the Michaelmas Term, the Support for Education Empowerment and Development (SEED) Unit of the Ministry of Social Development and Housing is pledging its support - as well as that of the Minister, Permanent Secretary and all the Divisions in the Ministry - as its student beneficiaries set out to achieve new academic goals.

The SEED Programme Director, Leonora George-Buckmire, told the Government Information Service (GIS) that her Unit anticipates outstanding performances from the student beneficiaries this year, as those who sat the 2014 CXC Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams did exceptionally well.

Figures under the Programme for this year show almost perfect results, with 91% of the students graduating from secondary school institutions.

What is more impressive is that most of the beneficiaries received passes in all of the subjects attempted, ranging from seven (7) passes to an impressive thirteen (13) passes, which was received by Jordon Charles of the Presentation Brothers College. Charles was awarded six (6) 1’s, six (6) 2’s and a grade 3 in Advanced Mathematics.

“The Unit and the entire Ministry is ecstatic with the results received from our SEED children in the CXC exams this year. We had some impressive performances…I cannot over emphasize how elated we are with how well the students did,” Mrs. Buckmire said.
She said this is highly commendable for students who are deemed poor and vulnerable.

With SEED’s goal of reducing poverty and increasing investment in human capital, the Unit believes their ‘seeds’ of investment are blooming into great things.

“It is hopeful for us as a nation and it is most encouraging for us as a Unit. Working with these children we recognize their academic brilliance and potential and we are excited, because we see this as a bright future for Grenada,” the Programme Director said.

The GIS found out that the support does not end at the Secondary level, as Government has pledged to continue showing support to the students who have passed from Secondary into Tertiary level education.

“I want to thank Cabinet for granting our submission to extend the grant to the SEED students. I must commend them for that,” Mrs. Buckmire said. “I think it is quite visionary and again I think it is a reflection of this Government’s commitment to our students who are financially challenged.”

“Most the these students are registered at the TAMCC and I must say how pleased we are to know that we can support them and this is because this new Cabinet would have approved the extension of the grant to TAMCC, NEWLO, as well as PAM students,” she said.

In going forward, Mrs. Buckmire encourages the students to give it all they have for this new academic year.

“To the students who are in Form 5 this year, I want you to commit yourselves, apply yourselves… It might seem difficult, but hard work definitely brings success and it’s a wonderful thing to celebrate success,” she said.

“To our students who are beginning secondary school; this is a new journey that you are beginning so we urge you to continue to work hard and do your best and you will achieve success.”




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