Dr. Larry Palmer toured the facility on behalf of donor agency USAID
U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Dr. Larry Palmer visited the Boys Training Centre (BTC) at Massade, Gros Islet this week.
The juvenile rehabilitation facility is a recipient of technical assistance through the OECS Juvenile Justice Reform Programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This assistance includes the provision of a range of equipment for vocational training which to date has been very beneficial for the wards who expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to practise useful skills.
Ambassador Palmer, accompanied by a delegation led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment engaged the boys in discussion about their experiences.
The BTC’s newly established orchestra also took the opportunity to perform for Ambassador Palmer, utilizing instruments recently donated to the institution by the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The Ambasssador commended the wards on their extraordinary talent and urged them to continue to develop their skills.
The Ambassador also met with BTC star football player Cherdam Seraphine who is currently making waves as a qualifier on a regional team scheduled to participate in the Dallas Cup tournament in the United States in March of this year.
The Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment is proud of the achievements of the Boys Training Centre as government maintains the focus on improving the social and judicial systems to better nurture the island’s youth as the stewards of the future.
Ambassador Palmer with a delegation led by the
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community
Empowerment and BTC staff.