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Youth pay Stuart visit

Camper Ashae Maughn in a one-on-one conversation with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart hosted 47 little guests at his official residence of Ilaro Court this morning.

The participants in the Unique Helping Hands Day Camp, which is based at Harrison College, visited the historic residence as part of their series of educational tours. Two members staff of Ilaro Court conducted the interactive tour that included a visit to the “Hall of Fame”, which displays the photographs of the past and present prime ministers of Barbados.

Director of the camp, Penelope Howell, told Barbados TODAY the children were taken on tours to places they normally would not be able to go, such as the prime minister’s residence and financial institutions like the Caribbean Development Bank as well as United Nations House.

More tours planned

Howell said other tours were planned for the British High Commission, the United States and Chinese Embassies. She noted that the heads of these diplomatic missions were also invited to the camp and when Government and Opposition members were available, they, too, would tour the camp. Invitations are also extended to school principals. Howell explained that the camp curriculum involved little or no academics, but rather activities on which the children could write from first hand experiences when they returned to school.

“So we don’t want to focus on the academics. So that parents would tell us that children looked forward to coming to camp year after year, because they feel it’s a respite from books and so on; but yet still when they go back, it’s a more informed child. Think about a child going back to school, who would have met the Prime Minister. She or he has tons and tons and tons of things to say,” insisted.

She noted that children who visited places or met people their parents never have, were more excited to return to school and share their experiences.

Unique Helping Hands, which moved to Harrison College in 2008, started at Howell’s home. Howell is a part time teacher at the Hospitality Institute. (EJ)

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