Minister of State for Education and Technical and Vocational Training the Hon. Zane Lightbourne on November 11th, 2021, toured public schools in South Andros, and Mangrove Cay. The purpose of the tour was to assess the state of school campuses as students are expected to return for face to face learning when schools reopen the second week of January 2022.
The Representatives of The Healthy Lifestyle Team paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Glenys Hanna Martin - Minister of Education & Technical and Vocational Training. The Team is a group of volunteers of Doctors, Nurses, Dietitians and Educators who are working for better Health in The Bahamas.
The focus of The Healthy Lifestyle Team is to encourage Healthy Lunch Meals for students, drinking more water, a healthy diet that includes more fruits and vegetables and encouraging 60 minutes a day of physical activity.
The Bahamas Association of Private Tertiary Institutions (BAPTI) Pays Courtesy Call on The Minister, and Minister of State for Education & Technical & Vocational Training.
Executives of The Bahamas Association of Private Tertiary Institutions (BAPTI) paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin on Thursday, 21st October, 2021. Pictured from left to right are: Mr. Ricardo Deveaux, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Technical & Vocational Training (MOE&TVT), Ms. Valrie Dean, Administrator (BAPTI), Dr. Yvette M. Johnson, Executive Vice President (BAPTI), Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin (MOE&TVT), Hon. Zane Lightbourne, Minister of State (MOE&TVT), Mrs. Lorraine Symonette-Armbrister, Permanent Secretary (MOE&TVT), and Mr. Nathaniel Dean, Legal Advisor (BAPTI).
Scores of parents, some with children in tow collected donated school supplies at the Albury Sayle Primary School on Friday August 27th, 2021. According to Principal Shirlean Wallace the back to school drive will go a long way in ensuring equity for all of the school’s five hundred plus students. Public Schools open with virtual learning on Monday August 30th due to the spike in Covid 19 cases.
Computer Science teacher Shanique Taylor said the Diggiss Foundation was the moving force among other corporate partners who donated the three hundred backpacks complete with books, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, sharpeners as well as a lunch pack with healthy fruits and drinks. Principal Wallace admitted that a number of students never signed up for virtual classes in the last school year. She said through a partnership with the police they intend to go door to door to reconnect with those students. She appealed to parents still in need of supplies for students enrolled there to contact the school located on Nassau Street.
Uriah McPhee Primary Art Exhibition
An art exhibition under the theme, “Preserving Our Coral Reefs” took place on May 20, 2021, and featured artworks by the Uriah McPhee Primary School students. The exhibition commenced with the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon, which was executed by Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister. A spirit-filled prayer was offered up by Mr. Keyshawn Dean, Head Boy of Uriah McPhee Primary School. Mrs. Kathryn Campbell, Senior Information Officer for Bahamas Information Services (BIS), gave a warm welcome, where she invited the audience to “Join us as we go on a fantastic voyage, and explore the rain forest of the sea.” Mr. Trevon Taylor, Grade 3 student gave a testimony on creating his art project, and explained that his construct was the coral reef, which he made out of recycled materials. Mr. Taylor also informed the audience that he used “small wood pieces, a very sharp drill, a sticky lead pencil, and sprayed with white, blue and green paint” to bring his masterpiece to life. Mrs. Pamela Armaly, principal of Uriah McPhee Primary School, expressed that the 2020/2021 school year was very challenging. However, she noted that the students’ creative talents did not waver as a result. She stated, “As we moved through these unchartered waters, we had to find unfamiliar ways to achieve our schools’ objectives.” Ms. Armaly spoke of the art exhibition’s genesis. She recalled the many ideas science coordinator, Mrs. Shavel Knowles suggested, with the most fitting being to have all 621 students create a marine animal found in the coral reef ecosystem, which is in line with the theme “Preserving Our Coral Reefs”. Mrs. Armaly went on to thank Mrs. Saskia D’Aguilar, Director of D’Aguilar Art Foundation, and Ms. Tessa Whitehead, Bahamian artist and curator of The D'Aguilar Art Foundation, for the support they gave to the students, and for donating art supplies.
Parliamentarians were also present for this auspicious occasion including: The Hon. Romauld Ferreira, Minister of Environment & Housing; The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education; and The Hon. Dionisio James D'Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation.
Minister Ferreira stated that he was very pleased to see students taking responsibility for the environment, and that he was proud of them. Minister Lloyd in his remarks, thanked Mrs. Pamela Armaly, Mrs. Shavel Knowles, and Ms. Tessa Whitehead for the outstanding work that they are doing in the Kemp Road area. Mrs. Saskia D’Aguilar thanked everyone who made the art exhibit possible. She went on to give a special thank you to Mrs. Pamela Armaly, and all of the administrators at Uriah McPhee for their support and inspiration to the students. After the official opening ceremony concluded, all in attendance were given an opportunity to view the creative works of art produced by the talented students of Uriah McPhee Primary School.
As the 2021/2022 school year approaches, the Rotary Bahamas Disaster Relief Organisation on Monday, August 16th, 2021 donated $250,000 worth of educational supplies and equipment to the 13 schools in the Abaco District. The organisation, in honour of Bahamian Olympic gold medalist Steven Gardiner also donated a generator to the Olympian’s former school, Moore’s Island All-Age School. The 400m Olympic champion along with Rotarians and Ministry of Education officials were present for the handover which took place on the grounds of the Ivy Dumont Building, University Drive.
Rotary Bahamas Disaster Relief Director of Operations, Kendal Strachan in making the presentation noted that the organisation which was founded in 2019 is guided by the mission to respond to all types of disasters and to provide service to others. Accordingly, this donation is a direct response to the devastation which came as a result of Hurricane Dorian.
Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd in accepting the donations exclaimed that the overall success of our students would not be possible without partners such as Rotary organisations.
Among the attendees were Past Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, Past 7020 District Governor, Charles Sealy, and Pastor of Zion Baptist Church East & Shirley Streets, Reverend Terrance Morrison.