Bring back Anglican schools – Hazell

Rector of the St Lawrence Church Sandra Hazell is calling for the reintroduction of Anglican schools in Barbados.

Her call came Wednesday evening following a national consultation on the Barbadian family, organized by the Diocese of Barbados at the Christ Church Parish Church centre.

Sandra Hazell
Sandra Hazell

Hazell told Barbados TODAY other denominations ran schools here and it was time for the Anglican Church to do the same again. This, she said, was one way the church could play a greater role in combatting the social issues affecting Barbadian families.

“I do believe it is time that we as Anglicans offer the ability to our children to be able to learn in an Anglican environment. Hence, we need Anglican schools – nursery schools, primary schools and secondary schools – where our teachers are Anglican and our children will be able to study and learn in an Anglican environment based on our Lord’s teachings and commandments,” Hazell said.

Anglican priest Reverend Dr Marcus Lashley agreed that schools run by the church had played an important role in the social development of Barbados in the past and could do so again.

“Historically, the Anglican Church was heavily involved in education in the early part of the last century and it has helped significantly in the development of the nation, but we have lost most of our schools, a lot of our buildings got taken up by Government, some are now actually being returned, and some of the schools have become privatized,” Lashley told Barbados TODAY.

“ . . . influence in society by having greater contact with the children of the nation through general education is something that many churches have continued to do and maybe it is something we need to look at again as a model by which we can continue our impact and influence on the society.”

St Gabriel’s School was the last education institution with which the Anglican church had a direct connection here.

5 Responses to Bring back Anglican schools – Hazell

  1. Georgia Gittens
    Georgia Gittens October 14, 2016 at 4:12 am

    And what would that do, that it did years ago.

  2. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin October 14, 2016 at 4:40 am

    My “like” was a case of fat fingers. I wish these people would come with some forward-thinking ideas.

  3. jrsmith October 14, 2016 at 5:01 am

    What do the bible whackers call educating our kids , the bible is not an educational device , bibles have no black history , and never condemn slavery…its the white man’s way of controlling black people helping to manufacture the various religions…
    These churches seems to have a high level of influence on the present non productive government , if they want to do something constructive try waking our Priminister from his sleep….

  4. Tony Webster October 14, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Introvertible bottom-line: private schools do way better than state-run ones, especially at the primary level, where the most precious moral and human attributes are inculcated.
    It would , obviously, be the choice of parents.
    What’s wrong with the freedom to choose?
    Big Brother always knows best?

    This could best be viewed as a brave, desperate, positive chance to save a morally-crumbling society.

    Thank you Reverend Sandra, for summoning the moral courage to say things that others of less faith, but more “political correctness”….are found sorely wanting.

  5. F.A.Rudder October 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    The Anglican churches all had at least two schools within any of the eleven parishes spread across the nation. Without the good work contributed by the diocese, the island would have been in the lower echelon of literacy across the globe. No one was left behind due to the the aptitude screening introduced by the British system of education. There was an A, B,C stream within the elementary system. A child could have started out in a C stream and buy the next school year improved to an A stream student. Some of or most of our island scholars were educated under the Anglican schools. I see in many countries who were colonized by other European Nations where the literacy rate is much lower than ours in the 21st century. The Mother’s Union and Church Army were also leaders of the villages and can be again in the Name of our Lord !Jesus Christ.


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