The theme for the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations is ‘Pride and Industry, Celebrating 50’. In keeping with this theme, the iconic event ‘I Pledge’ was conceptualised by the Barbados Private Sector Agency in an effort to mobilise Barbadians to set goals and pursue them over the year demonstrating their pride (pledge) and industry (execution of pledge). As a result, Barbadians from all walks of life will be encouraged to show their commitment to creating positive change in their lives, community and country by making and executing pledges from February to October 2016.
The Pledges will provide the opportunity to focus on the Prime Minister’s mantra for the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations of reclaiming those features of Barbadian life which we have lost and need to reclaim; discarding those things which are negatively impacting society and holding on to those features which we have not lost, and need at all costs to retain.
To widen the participation net for the 50th anniversary.
To engender projects to improve society.
To create opportunities for positive behavioral and attitudinal change.
Persons will be encouraged to be creative and innovative with their pledges, however, several areas have been identified as guidelines which can be used and which will be promoted at the national level. These are:
February – Love Safely
March – Promote Health, Wellness and Food Security
April – Embrace Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Business Development
May – Celebrate our Nation’s Future – Our Children
June – Protect our Environment – Plant a Tree
July – Buy Local, Support Local
August – Commit to Barbados (Special emphasis on the diaspora)
September – Perform a Random Act of Kindness
October – Be Aware and Assist in Crime Prevention
Pledges can be made at several levels:
During each month, persons will publicly indicate what they intend to do and should later demonstrate that they have accomplished their goal. Pledges can be made using a wide range of media, for example, through Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Twitter.
Additionally, pledge books will be placed at strategic locations, including places where the commemorative broken trident will be on display. This will provide the opportunity for those persons who do not have access to social media to make their pledges.
With respect to schools and tertiary level institutions, those which have Facebook pages and other social media platforms can utilise them for pledging. However, schools can also be creative and design their own pledge ‘corners‘. Students can be selected to be “I Pledge Champions” to promote the activity and encourage their peers to participate.
February 1 (Monday) 1:00 am - October 31 (Monday) 1:00 am