Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo (right) poses with Providence School students Kate Schofield (Secondary) and Leigh Sandiford (Elementary), along with the commemorative Broken Trident. (A. Gaskin/BGIS)
It will be up to the young people of Barbados to continue to make Barbados great.
This view was expressed today by Deputy Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Independence Coordinating Committee, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, as she addressed students of the Providence School at Francia Plantation, St. George.
Senator Byer Suckoo quizzed the students, who played host to the commemorative Broken Trident, on their knowledge of previous Prime Ministers of Barbados and the National Symbols, particularly the National Flag, Pledge and Anthem.
Noting that Barbados has a lot to be proud of, and that the country has made significant contributions internationally despite its small size, the Deputy Chairman urged the teachers to assist the students in reflecting on those things. This, she explained, would allow them to make a determination that they would make the country proud.
“If we want Barbados to be a great place to live, a great place to go to school and a great place to work 50 years from now, … it will be up to you, and other students like you, because you are the ones growing up and who will work to make your country great,” she told the young persons gathered.
Dr. Byer Suckoo also revealed that following its year-long journey around the island, the commemorative Broken Trident would, from November 30, rest permanently in a monument to be erected at the Garrison Savannah. A time capsule, to be opened on the 100th Anniversary of Barbados’ Independence, will also be a feature at the site.
Principal of Providence’s Elementary School, Roseneath Jackson, expressed her pleasure at hosting the symbolic Broken Trident. She said that the students, 60 per cent of whom were Barbadian, were excited to be involved in the celebrations to mark the island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.