Pleasant surprise for lecturer Brathwaite
Despite admitting that he had done “quite a bit of work” in training many Barbadians in the field of social development, 2014 Independence National Honouree, Dr Farley Brathwaite still felt it was a pleasant surprise to have been awarded this year’s Gold Crown Of Merit (GCM).
“I am honoured and happy about the selection and recognition. I hope I can go further to justify the honour. I didn’t have any plans about it. I was a pleasant surprise,” said Brathwaite, who is being recognized for his significant contribution to tertiary education in Barbados.
“I was told I was being considered, but it was a pleasant surprise. I think I have done quite a bit of work training in social and economic development of Barbados. I have trained a lot of people; and even if I can’t continue, I hope the people would keep the discipline analysis going,” added the social analyst and consultant, who has worked with the governments of Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago on a number of social policy-related issues.
One of the pioneers in public opinion polling in Barbados, Brathwaite has served as head of the Department of Government and Sociology and Social work, vice-dean, and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. He was also active in the University Trade Union and was president of WIGUT at both the St Augustine and Cave Hill campuses.
For the past 25 years he has dedicated himself as lecturer, social researcher, and administrator at the Cave Hill Campus to the development of his discipline, the social sciences, the university and higher education.