Children of the North romp in the South
It was a time for fun and frolic when 75 children from schools in the St. Peter and St. James North constituencies travelled south to the King George V Memorial Park Wednesday.
The Class Four pupils of Gordon Greenidge Primary and All Saints Primary were guests of St. James North Member of Parliament, Edmund Hinkson and Barbados Labour Party candidate for St Peter, Colin Jordan.
Before arriving at the park in the afternoon, the Gordon Greenidge class visited a publishing company while those from All Saints toured the Barbados Bottling Company.
“We see this as essential in terms of the development of the children. Most of these children will probably leave this afternoon saying this is the best day of their vacation so far,” Hinkson told Barbados TODAY.
This is the fourth such outing for Hinkson, one for each year he has been the representative for St. James North.
He said he and Jordan felt they had a responsibility to mentor the children, as he noted that too many young people were leaving school without hope.
“As adults, especially those in public life, we have a responsibility towards the youth. We have to give them hope and optimism that they can have a real future in this land of their birth,” he said.
“A village has to help raise a child, and that’s one of the aspects of old Barbados that we have lost in recent times, whereby the elders in the village, those who have gained experience and knowledge, and have a certain amount of wisdom, are in charge of the development of children outside of their immediate family.
“We feel that we have that responsibility to help nurture our young people, and this is part of that process, because we believe that every child born in Barbados must have the opportunity to fulfil all their potential to be the best citizens of this country that they can be,” Hinkson added.
Jordan, who is co-hosting the event a second time, said he jumped at the opportunity to be part of the annual outing.
“Having grown up in a family that took education seriously – both of my parents were teachers, my wife is a teacher – and understanding the dynamics at work in the minds of children at age 11, I thought it was a good idea to have a day where children who are moving on from one stage of life to another . . . are in a setting where there can be some learning, but also some fun,” he said.