MIA INVITES BAJANS BACK HOME IN 2020
BARBADOS WILL PUNCH above its weight again with the help of its children’s excellence, which will propel the island into a bright future.
This was the message of hope Prime Minister
Mia Amor Mottley shared with thousands of Barbadians when she addressed the parade marking the island’s 52nd anniversary of Independence at Kensington Oval last Friday.
In a speech pitched to the nation’s youth at a parade which put them in the spotlight, the Prime Minister said “I want the children of this country to recognise that they must be the leaders who carry us forth . . . . Our aim in all that we do is to bring a better life to you.”
“We have come to Kensington Oval today to say to the world that we too shall punch above our weight again in this country,” she said to resounding applause from the stands.
Asking leave of the Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, the Prime Minister turned her back to the Head of State to face and speak to the hundreds of children on the parade grounds and in the stands of the world-famous cricket ground.
“I ask that you never forget this day because on this day you begin to understand that you belong to a proud people and to a proud nation.
But when you belong to something, you have to take care of it and I want you the children of this nation to work with me and with your parents and your teachers, your community and the church to help take care of this nation as you would take care of yourself and your surroundings.”
She appealed to them “to let us keep Barbados clean; let us be patient with each other; let us understand that everybody has strengths and weaknesses and we have to be tolerant with each other”.
Calling on the entire Kensington Oval audience to “reach out to your children; reach out to your parents; reach out to your neighbours; reach out to people that you don’t even know . . . ”, the Prime Minister also said: “If you promise to do that, we, your elders and adults, shall promise that we will build a nation of which you are proud; that we will secure your future by giving you the options that will make you better, stronger, more educated and healthier.”
GOVERNOR GENERAL DAME SANDRA MASON (second left) and Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (right) being escorted by Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Glyne Grannum (left), and aide-de-camp Major Julia Dabreo at the Independence Day Parade at Kensington Oval.
MEMBERS of the Girl Guides Association of Barbados making a formation of their trefoil badge in an impressive display at Kensington Oval.