It was another God –given act of generosity as Chief Executive Officer of Electro Telecom and philanthropist Paul Smith’s monetary donation mobilized the “Leap Ahead Literacy Enrichment Programme” for public students within the inner city. The presentation was made at Albury Sayle Primary School on Tuesday March 15th, 2022. Yellow Elder, Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary schools were the three beneficiaries.
As a result of Mr. Smith’s donation, students from those schools will have the opportunity to enhance their literacy skills through the afterschool programme. According to District Superintendent Janice Moss, this programme will increase the possibility of students graduating from high school and attending college. “The impact of these acts of kindness are far reaching,” Mrs. Moss exclaimed.
Mr. Smith explained that the initiative is a collaborative effort involving teachers, parents, the police and corporate Bahamas. He encouraged the students and teachers involved in the programme to take full advantage of the opportunities to work on building a more literate society.
State Minister Hon. Zane Lightbourne Visits Grand Bahama District Job Fair
During his trip to Grand Bahama, State Minister Hon. Zane Lightbourne visited the Grand Bahama student job fair at the Grand Lucayan Convention Centre. At the fair students explored the various job opportunities, and the skills needed within that profession. They were also treated to elaborate displays promoting the available job opportunities.
Scores of Grand Bahamians volunteered for national service becoming School Board members. They will work to improve the management of the island's fifteen public primary and high schools.
On May 19th, 2022 they participated in a workshop held at Jack Hayward Senior High School. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training Zane Lightbourne later swore them in. He encouraged them to take full advantage of their influence and collaborate to improve the educational experience of our schools.
Also participating in the swearing-in ceremony was the Minister for Grand Bahama Ginger Moxey, as well as District Superintendent Ivan Butler.
Pauline Davis Makes Book Presentation
Five –time Olympian and two-time gold medal winner Pauline Davis recently presented a copy of her book “Running Sideways” to Minister of State Zane Lightbourne and an additional 449 copies to be distributed to high school students across the country. A number of other education and government officials were present for the brief ceremony which took place in the foyer of the Ivy Dumont Building.
As a testimony of success amid adversity Ms. Davis said through her book she wants to inspire young ladies especially to believe in themselves. “I want them to know that they are uniquely made and blessed. I want them to know that education is paramount, the number one thing that they must have in addition to manners and respect. I want them to realize that if I did it, they can do it.”
The Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham presented copies of his new book I SAY WHAT I MEAN AND I MEAN WHAT I SAY HUBERT A. INGRAHAM IN HIS OWN WORDS to the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training. The books which were gifted to the Ministry by Colina, is the first of a three-volume collection of speeches and statements by the three-time Prime Minister, who also represented the North Abaco Constituency for 35 years from 1977 – 2012. The hardback books, which will be distributed to educators throughout the country, are expected to enhance the resources available to teachers in the history, social studies and civics disciplines. Minister of Education Ms. Glenys Hanna Martin thanked the former Prime Minister and accepted the gift on behalf of the Ministry on Thursday May 19, 2022.
The New Providence Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools’ (NAPPSS) in conjunction with IBM and RSC launched the first annual STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) camp here in The Bahamas on May 16th, 2022 at the Charles Wildgoose Complex on Soldier Road. The three-day camp is designed to inspire students to pursue STEM education exposing them to robotics, snap circuits, augmented reality and IBM skills build.
Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training Glenys Hanna Martin was present for the launch and she noted that the initiative will ignite a timely conversation. “I commend this collaboration which demonstrates an understanding of fundamental importance of this, in some instances, new exploration for our young people.”
IBM representative Partik Dullat and RSC representative Raj Ramdass both expressed gratitude to the Ministry and Department of Education and Technical and Vocational Training for supporting educational strides, and implementing a progressive approach to enhance learning.
Education Minister Addresses UB 2022 Graduates
Aliv To Expand Its Platform To Include Those With Disabilities
Over 700 graduates of the University of The Bahamas walked the aisle to receive degrees conferred upon them in a multiplicity of disciplines during the spirited 2022 commencement ceremony. Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training Glenys Hanna Martin was the keynote speaker and she noted that she was particularly humbled that on the occasion, the university bestowed a honourary doctorate on her late father and former Governor-General Sir Arthur Dion Hanna. She added that the University of The Bahamas was a part of her father’s dream.
“His vision of national development was one focused on policies and strategies to ensure the advancement of Bahamian people and the development of institutions that ensured the primacy of Bahamian people and culture.”
Against a backdrop of social and economic challenges, Minister Hanna Martin reminded the graduates that they are “a special group of graduates”.
“Your trials and triumphs, failures and successes will make you stronger and more resilient. It is my hope that this UB Class of 2022 will represent the furnace refined diamonds, the fiery trailblazers in this new paradigm. Your country needs you.”
Among the official guests were: Governor-General Cornelius A. Smith, Former Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Philip Davis, and members of the Hanna family.
Aliv CEO John Gomez announced its Aliv Connect initiative on May 26th at the Stapledon School. The network hopes to close the connectivity gap by creating an inclusive and accessible Bahamas for the disabled community. Alive Connect partners include the Stapledon School, the Erin Gilmore School for the Blind and Special Olympics Bahamas among others. They received monetary donations plus MiFi devices, laptops and tablets.
Minister of Education & Technology & Vocational Training Glenys Hanna Martin and Social Services Minister Obie Wilchcombe congratulated Aliv for being a good corporate citizen demonstrating through action their intent to include those groups who are behind the curve in the rapid advance in technology. They also discussed opportunities to expand to existing disability focused initiatives.