Mayor wants bond with Lodge

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Politics -

STU­DENTS OF THE LODGE SCHOOL won the hearts of their vis­i­tors – who in­cluded the mayor of Nanyo City in Ya­m­a­gata Pre­fec­ture, Ja­pan, Takao Shi­raiwa, and lo­cal of­fi­cials – dur­ing a visit to the St John school last week.

The tour­ing party, which in­cluded Ja­panese am­bas­sador to Bar­ba­dos Teruhiko Shi­nada, prin­ci­pal Win­ston Dowrich, chair­man of the board Pat Chel­tenham, deputy prin­ci­pal Sta­cia Austin and mem­bers of the Ja­panese Em­bassy, were treated to a drill dis­play by mem­bers of the Cadet Unit.

The fifth for­m­ers also made a va­ri­ety of Bar­ba­dian del­i­ca­cies, which the mayor en­joyed be­fore his de­par­ture.

“This is the 50th year of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions be­tween Ja­pan and Bar­ba­dos. Hereafter, with our sights set on 50 or even 100 years in the fu­ture, I would like to be ac­tive in deep­en­ing the bond and strength­en­ing the un­der­stand­ing be­tween our two coun­tries. I would be happy if you could all be in­ter­ested in Ja­pan and Nanyo City and fa­cil­i­tate ex­change be­tween our two coun­tries,” Shi­raiwa told the stu­dents.


Dowrich said the school had em­barked on Goal 4 of the mil­len­nium sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, on pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all.

“We be­lieve that one of the ways to do this is to make sure that all of our stu­dents are pro­vided with the skills that will en­able them to con­trib­ute to na­tional de­vel­op­ment in the 21st cen­tury. Ex­po­sure to dif­fer­ent cul­tures would go a long way to­wards de­vel­op­ing some of those key skills . . . .

“Fifty years ago, much work was ac­com­plished by in­di­vid­u­als work­ing alone, but not to­day. To ac­com­plish this, one would recog­nise the im­por­tance then of our stu­dents gain­ing an un­der­stand­ing and an aware­ness of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and cus­toms,” he said.

The prin­ci­pal hoped a re­la­tion­ship would be forged be­tween a school in Nayo and The Lodge that would be mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. ( RA)

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