Sandals Foundation Helps to Rebuild Barbuda School

The Holy Trinity Primary School in Barbuda is currently undergoing full renovation woks with the generous support of the Sandals Foundation, which had committed to sustained recovery support to the hurricane ravished island. All three schools in Barbuda were damaged by Hurricane Irma last September. As a result, most of the children from the sister-isle were transferred to educational facilities in Antigua. The US$50,000 (EC$135,000) exercise at the Holy Trinity Primary School, is being undertaken in partnership with the school’s principal and teachers, the Barbuda council and the Sandals Foundation.…

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Columns Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Survival of the Fittest:  Change is a given  &  planning is the Devil

– Bold, Visionary Leaders Never Fail to Plan or Plan to Fail   Written by Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles,  yreynoldsteach@gmail.com Overview of the Issues For Winston Churchill, “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”   The Jamaican Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in a scholarships awards’ address, (23/08/18) stated that “Education moves generations and people forward. So we as (the) Government have to ensure that we’re doing all we can to create that excellence in education.“.  History has demonstrated that the…

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Education Human Rights Politics 

Unrelenting Approach to CCJ Referendum Campaign

The committee of stakeholders charged with executing the educational campaign for the Caribbean Court of Justice will begin to intensify its activities shortly. A new and energized group is now sitting before Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry who is continuing as chair of the committee in an effort to bridge the activities of the previous campaign with this latest exercise. The committee is meeting weekly and the skill sets and resources of its various members will be utilized in getting the message to all interests in Antigua and Barbuda who will…

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Keondre Herbert is Antigua’s Top CSEC Performer- 20 Passes

PR: Overall, 2355 candidates in Antigua and Barbuda sat a total of 11, 232 subjects with a 70% pass rate (Grades I – III). With reference to schools, public and private, 1514 candidates sat a total of 9, 397 subjects with a 73% pass rate. This means then that out-of-school candidates (841) made up 36% of persons sitting the examinations, but accounted for only 12% of subject sittings. In other words, in-school candidates made up 64% of persons sitting the examinations and also made up the bulk of subject sittings at 88%.Overall, the ratio of…

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Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Let’s stop making excuses and work at getting it right

On August 11, 2018 the Antigua Observer newspaper published two articles about the newly released 2018 CXC-CSEC results.  The section on “Trending Stories”, which tracks the number of views/clicks received by a story, caught my attention.  As of August 14th  (three days later) the number one story viewed/read was Significant improvements in 2018 CSEC results followed by Jumpy soca monarch admits shock, then the third most popular story was Too many still performing poorly at CSEC. Of the two articles written about CXC-CSEC exams that day, the former article with…

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Education Politics 

Campaign Drive in full swing for CCJ Referendum

Preparations for the Referendum on whether or not the Caribbean Court of Justice will replace the Privy Council as the twin island nation’s finally appellate court have intensified. A team of media professionals and communications specialists have been brought on board to drive the campaign for citizens to vote for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court of appeal. Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin laid out the framework for moving the process ahead during a meeting with the team on Monday morning. He stressed…

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Education Youth 

Princess Margaret Secondary School third former Devon Samuel Cops Coveted Prime Minister Award for Excellence

Deron Samuel, a third form student of the Princess Margaret School (PMS), who is already on the path to academic greatness is the recipient of the Prime Minister Award for Excellence. Deron received the award in recognition of his hard work and dedication to achieving high academic grades while maintaining notable involvement in extracurricular activities such as the school’s steel orchestra and a performer in the PMS’s Serenades. Princess Margaret Secondary School recently held their annual prize giving academic ceremony at the multipurpose center where the historic school awarded students…

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Community Education 

Six Antiguan Medical Students Graduate with High Academic Achievements

On Friday, six young Antiguans proudly walked across the stage and accepted their Medical Degrees during a special graduation ceremony which took place at the Court Yard of the Office of the Prime Minister. Family, friends and well-wishers witnessed this event along with specially invited Government and diplomatic officials. Approximately 100 persons attended the ceremony. Directors of proceedings, Dr. Asha Robins and Dr. Preston Goodwin, congratulated the grandaunts on their remarkable achievement and thanked the attendees for their support during the students’ time of study. Special remarks were given by…

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Carnival Charity Community Development Disaster Disaster Management Education 

Aid for Devastated Barbuda school

On 8th May a visit was arranged by the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission to Barbuda with the purpose of presenting a number of necessary items to help the Sir McChesney George Secondary School in Barbuda. As we are all aware, the island was devastated by Hurricane Irma last September. Recovery efforts are on-going and a number of Barbudans are returning home and facing a daunting task of re-settlement given that many properties are roofless and many others completely devastated. Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, the Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner in…

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Antigua’s National Hero ‘Nellie’ Robinson Included in new Social Studies Textbook

Information on Antigua & Barbuda’s lone female national hero Dame Georgianna (Nellie) Robinson has been included in a new Social Studies textbook that has already been adopted for use in schools in a number of other neighbouring Caribbean Islands. The Collins Caribbean Social Studies 1 and the accompanying workbook has a picture of English Harbour on the cover and is designed for use in first form classrooms.  It is part of a three book series for 1st – 3rd form. The two-page spread introduces the region’s youth to Dame Nellie and speaks of…

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