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

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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)

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