UK Barbados Nation - - FRONT PAGE - By GERCINE CARTER [email protected]­tion­news.com

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.

Mia’s ap­peal

“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.”

(Pic­ture by Len­nox Devon­ish.)

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.

(Pic­tures by len­nox Devon­ish.)

MEM­BERS of the Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion of Bar­ba­dos mak­ing a for­ma­tion of their tre­foil badge in an im­pres­sive dis­play at Kens­ing­ton Oval.

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