Education Minister visits Victoria School for Special Education & Bonair Government

Friday, February 20, 2015 1:28 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, FEBRUARY 17, 2015: As part of an ongoing schedule of nationwide school visits, Minister for Education & Human Resource Development, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, visited the Victoria School for Special Education and the Bonair Government School, both in the parish of St. Mark, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

The Minister was accompanied by the Parliamentary Representative for that constituency, Dr. the Hon. Clarice Modeste; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Ms. Ruth Elizabeth Rouse; Acting Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Andrea Phillip; Deputy Chief Education Officer, Ms. Patricia Felix and several other heads of department, from the Ministry.

This was one of the largest delegations, from the Ministry of Education and Human Resource, to ever visit schools in Grenada.

The first stop was the Victoria School for Special Education, where the Principal, Ms. Judy-Ann Auld, welcomed the Minister and his delegation, with students performing various cultural pieces.

“We know the patience that they have and this is a daily thing that they do,” Minister Modeste said in praise of the Principal and staff of the Victoria School for Special Education, during her welcoming remarks to the delegation.

In his address to the students and staff, the Education Minister said, “The special Ed’ students do not require our pity. What they want is our love; our understanding and our support and that should come not only from teachers and parents, but from the government as well.

That is why, not too long ago we formulated a policy, whereby we can assist – identify ways in which we can be of greater assistance to our students with special needs and also our teachers.”

The Education Minister and Parliamentary Representative entertained questions by the students and, together, provided them with answers and verbal commitments to improve several services and the current infrastructure at the school.

In her remarks, Special Education Officer, Mrs. Jennelyn St. John-John said, “The children at the Victoria School for Special Education are encouraged and are exposed to a vast array of anything that you can think about.”

Minister Modeste gave a commitment to support the development of the playground, in response to a request from Principal Auld, who indicated that most of the learning activities take place through playing.

Following this visit, the delegation from the Ministry proceeded next door to the Bonair Government School where they were greeted by the Principal, Mr. Terry Francis, the staff and a young audience, of over 300 students. Dean Bedeau, winner of the 2013 Courts OECS Reading Competition, presented an original poem and the staff performed a cultural item.

Principal of Bonair Government School, Mr. Terry Francis, commended Minister Boatswain and his team for taking the initiative to reach out to them, via the school visit, and provided an overview of the school’s performance and needs.

Both Ministers addressed the audience. The Education Minister, in his feature address, encouraged students to continue along the path of educational development and to broaden their horizons, by not only engaging in academic studies, but also in skills training and to always ensure that they pay attention to their spiritual lives.

To date, the Minister and his team have visited at least 37 schools, and are scheduled to continue these weekly visits to other schools that have not yet been visited.




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