Mayor wants bond with Lodge
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)