Jones urges scholarship winners to make the best of free education

From front left: Sydney Arthur, Minister Ronald Jones, High Commissioner of Canada Richard Hanley and Principal Dr. Gladstone Best with scholarship recipients this morning.
From front left: Sydney Arthur, Minister Ronald Jones, High Commissioner of Canada Richard Hanley and Principal Dr. Gladstone Best with scholarship recipients this morning.

Be grateful and use the opportunity to study abroad for free, is the warning for this year’s ELAP/Canada-CARICOM Scholarship winners.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones, who addressed the 18 from the Fine Arts and Hospitality programmes of the Barbados Community College this morning, warned them that education was very expensive world wide, with students from developed countries in trillions of dollars in debt because of it. So when the Canadian taxpayers make a “sacrifice” for them to receive it free of cost they should use that opportunity wisely, he urged.

Speaking to the recipients at the presentation held at the BCC in Howell’s X Road, St. Michael, Principal Dr. Gladstone Best echoed similar sentiments. He told the winners to take this opportunity to expand their knowledge and to enhance their education so when they returned they would enrich the island.

“It is often said that education does not only take place in the class but education is life. Students who are involved in any exchange programme … have a tremendous advantage. Students, nothing can replace the experience that you can get when you are studying in a library with a number of persons from a whole diverse range in society…

“Persons who are given the opportunity to go abroad and study one week, one month, one semester or one year have tremendous opportunity to … enrich the lives of those who they interact with subsequently by merely taking full advantage of that opportunity and embracing the opportunity and learning. We worked tremendously hard to ensure that we have a smooth transition and we know you will do well,” he said.

High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Richard Hanley, told them Canada would be a better place for having them study there. Hanley saluted them for their academic achievements while he stated the scholarship programme was designed to help further advance the development of CARICOM countries and the advancement of their people, while he stressed his government was proud to support the next generation of leaders of Barbados. Sixteen of them are headed there to begin their one-semester programme while the remainder will travel in January 2014 to commence their one-year programmes. (KC)

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