Respect for Parkinson
THE TREE OF HOPE initiative, which was launched last week at the National School Awards and Road Tennis Competition, made the rounds yesterday, stopping at Roland Edwards Primary School in St Peter. There, pupils from six Governmentrun primary schools in
FOR THE REST OF THIS TERM, 30 students from Parkinson Memorial Secondary School will get a chance to “do great things”.
They are to benefit from self-development sessions with the Barbados Youth Action Programme (BYAP).
The programme, Love And Respect, which the students named themselves, will run for one hour each week.
Yesterday at the inaugural session, principal Ian Holder told the fourth and fifth formers: “I believe the young men at Parkinson can do great things. When you have all finished this programme, you should be different young men from when you all started.”
While encouraging them to listen, get involved and take the programme seriously, he said it was part of their school curriculum and would make up part of the assessment for their report issued at the end of term.
Holder added that though the programme was not purely academic, it would contribute to their promotion from one school year to the other, once they had been shown to be benefiting from it.
President of BYAP Lumumba Batson and vice-president Emmanuel Beryllia shared the experiences which motivated them to create BYAP.
Batson, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, first went to prison at age 16 and did three stints for a cumulative 25 years. He cautioned the students to avoid the pitfalls he encountered through his unwillingness to listen to his parents and grandparents.
He stressed that during the programme, one word that would not be allowed to be used in the class was “can’t”.
“That word does not exist anymore. As long as you’re in here, everything is possible. So I ain’t going to hear anyone say, ‘I cannot do mathematics, I cannot do English, I cannot get to school on time’,” he said.
The programme will consist of tours and the students were told to come with ideas for a product they could create. ( LK)