Tangible benefits in project
A group of about 17 students at the Parkinson Memorial School were yesterday hard at work creating their first documentary on Barbados.
The project forms part of a bigger UK collaboration as part of the Catch Project which will create a Ready, Steady, Go Barbados film, but teacher Randy Eastmond said the benefits are already tangible.
The teacher, who is spearheading the project at the school along with the Founder and Director of the Catch Project, Sheromie Brewster, said he met Brewster while pursuing studies abroad and got involved there, and when the subject was broached to have a leg in Barbados, he jumped at the opportunity. He said he was excited because he saw the developmental potential for the students.
Eastmond said the project was largely based on the Olympic values and how they related to the youth.
“We are asking them to think about what those values mean to them and how they can develop themselves to really put those values into their everyday lives. We also ask about their ambitions, their goals and it gives them a chance to step out of the classroom and speak out,” he explained.
The teacher said he believed they would learn life lessons by involvement in the project, being able to develop their technology skills through use of computers, video cameras, editing software, but also their expression and confidence through the interviews they will have to conduct to bring everything together.
Parkinson was the second school involved, along with the Alleyne School which Brewster visited earlier this week.
The good thing about the exercise, apart from the fact that it is also opening up opportunities for exchange programmes with students from the UK who created a similar project, was that there was also a former student who came in to help the students develop their ideas. Eastmond said recent school-leaver Shamar Coombs arrived for band rehearsal for NIFCA, but on hearing about the project joined in to lend his voice as well as give direction to some of the younger ones.
“It is the kind of collaboration that makes the project better, stronger and the students as well,” the teacher admitted. (LB)