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Talent and creativity

The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation was last Friday transformed into a living museum featuring plantations, villages and even a riot scene.

Cane cutters at work at Drax Hall Plantation.

Cane cutters at work at Drax Hall Plantation.

Education Officer in the Nursery and Primary section Janice Reid playing hopscotch in the village.

Education Officer in the Nursery and Primary section Janice Reid playing hopscotch in the village.

Satrupa Kamaludin (left) and Akari Phillips of the Student Revolving Loan section were the Master and Mistress of Drax Hall Plantation.

Satrupa Kamaludin (left) and Akari Phillips of the Student Revolving Loan section were the Master and Mistress of Drax Hall Plantation.

It was all a part of the ministry’s Independence decorating competition, with a focus on the pre-Independence era.

Senior Education Officer in the Tertiary Section Vaneisha Cadogan came up with the idea to encourage team work among the workers.

“The ministry is so big, and sometimes you can be at work for months and not see some of the people you work with. So, I felt this would be an opportunity for people to begin to interact,” she explained.

Cadogan said she was overwhelmed by the response to the competition, noting that most of the departments participated.

“I want to say thanks to my colleagues for really buying in to the idea and going with it full scale and coming up with the creations,” she said.

Chief Education Officer Karen Best summed up the event in one word: “awesome.” She, too, was blown away by the creativity of the staff and the competitive spirit and camaraderie that emerged.

Best said that based on the excellent response, she would consider having more competitions, not only at Independence but at other times during the year.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones described the demonstration of talent as “remarkable” and saw the competition as a reflection of the knowledge base at the ministry.

Chief Education Officer Karen Best in the driver’s seat of a 1940 Ford Popular while Minister of Education Ronald Jones looks on. The vintage car was part of the presentation from the Education Project Implementation Unit.

Chief Education Officer Karen Best in the driver’s seat of a 1940 Ford Popular while Minister of Education Ronald Jones looks on. The vintage car was part of the presentation from the Education Project Implementation Unit.

“It would have been good if this was set up in a massive space where you could really see the kinds of creativity of the persons involved,” he commented.

 The Student Revolving section were named the eventual winners with their presentation of Drax Hall Plantation.

kamilahcadogan@barbadostoday.bb

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