Lodge wants partnership with Japanese schools

The Lodge School in St John is keen to be part of any exchange programmes between Barbadian and Japanese schools.

While no such programmes have been announced, Principal Winston Dowrich said he envisaged a mutually beneficial relationship with a similar secondary school in Japan that would lead to an exchange of students and teachers.

Japanese Ambassador Teruhiko Shinada (right) presents a book on Japan to Principal of the Lodge School Winston Dowrich.

In welcoming Japan’s Ambassador to Barbados Teruhiko Shinada who visited the Lodge School on Monday, Dowrich said Barbadian schools could learn a thing or two about the use of technology in schools from their Japanese counterparts.

He said “an awareness of and an appreciation of other cultures is critical to the success of our students” in an environment in which globalization had made it possible for people to interact or even work together, while living in different parts of the world.

Tokyo offers scholarships to overseas students wishing to study in Japan.

Dowrich said while there was very little interaction between Barbadians and Japanese at present, this could change through cultural exchanges.

In acknowledging the relationship between the Lodge School and Japan, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Harry Husbands encouraged the students to consider a future where they would live and work in a Japanese city.

“There are tremendous opportunities for you young people to broaden your horizons. Think of your future not only in terms of Barbados, but also in terms of the entire world. This visit will open your minds to all of these possibilities. I am confident that it would lead to great opportunities in the future for students,” Husbands said. 

18 Responses to Lodge wants partnership with Japanese schools

  1. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 22, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Slowly Asian is weaving there way into the Caribbean …… with no public discussion as to why, so like sheep we keep grazing. Sorry people “much” bigger story here.

    • Ione Mitchell
      Ione Mitchell February 22, 2017 at 6:28 am

      As long as we are not eating cats and dogs I have no problem with forging ties with Asia. It opens up new markets and new prospects for tourism. With our economy as it is and with the strange goings on in the USA and the fall out from Brexit, Asia might be our saving grace.

    • Ione Mitchell
      Ione Mitchell February 22, 2017 at 6:33 am

      You might be interested in how architecture is evolving at UWI and the new building being constructed specifically for Chinese studies. 🙂

    • James Austin Bynoe
      James Austin Bynoe February 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

      They are clear benefits as you have mentioned a few … however there is a focused effort to win the hearts and minds (as we called int in the military) of people in the Caribbean that had not been discussed. On one end it’s great on the other end asians capitalistic mass production might may be a threat to regional small businesses (unless we are ok buying everything that is made is Asian simply because it may be cheaper) ….. I say more discuss on this is needed both nationally and regionally

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor February 22, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I totally agree with you

  2. L King February 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Why is the Far East having so much interest in Africa and the Caribbean – what’s going on here? What are they after?

  3. Hal Austin February 22, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Japan now wants some of what China has – spreading its culture throughout the Caribbean.
    The next move will be all-expenses paid trips for what is called influencers – journalists, teachers, official in civic organisations, etc.
    They ill also be offering scholarships, fellowships, training courses. This is soft influence, or what is known in journalism as love bombing.
    What sweetens goat mouth….

  4. Ione Mitchell
    Ione Mitchell February 22, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Good idea. We don’t realize it but a lot of our youngsters are learning Japanese and are interested in learning more about Japan because of their love for anime films.A young lady asked me recently if I knew if any exchange programs that would allow her to go to school in Japan for a year.

    • BaJan boy February 22, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Sorry Ione I overlooked your comment which is very much on point.

  5. june February 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Thank you Ione Mitchell. The ignorant comments are coming from the ignorant, uneducated people. SMH. Same people are probably ready to take off to Trump’s USA thinking it is still ‘the land of opportunity’.

  6. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor February 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

    This principal is a visionary….. Continue to think outside the box!. I love this idea…

  7. BaJan boy February 22, 2017 at 8:26 am

    @Sharon Taylor you are the only comment that makes sense here. Even Hal Austin who normally comments quite intelligently is clearly off the mark. We have seen the effect of thinking that Barbados is golden and this thing that you find a BaJan everywhere on the globe. A selfish senseless approach.The result of sending back our Guyanese neighbors when the ignorance of David Thompson came light in 2008.The economy is feeling it to this very minute as agriculture is now dead. We need to broaden our horizons cannot live and succeed in this box. We are hardly surviving.

  8. L King February 22, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Well all that I know is that black faces are scorned upon on the Fat East: My friend was only telling me yesterday about his unpleasant stay in China and Hong Kong – watch YouTube.

  9. L King February 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    @Bajan Boy

    You’re Guyanese aren’t you! Listen if you illegal
    – you’re illegal

  10. Opening your mind and ask why February 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    No one is ignorant… what people need to realize is the population in Asia especially China is the largest in the world,
    As a result there are no enough schools to educate all the children and only the best are allowed due to the competition.
    The Asians looking for way to educated their children at any expense so don’t be fool into thinking they doing anything for the benefit of the Caribbean. It’s to benefit them and their children. If they has to send their kids to school in the Caribbean where the education system is more closer to the British then that’s where they would send them. They looking out for their own interest not yours, so for all those who saying the other comments ignorant you all wrong, they have every right to question Why and what’s in it for them at who expense.

  11. Jennifer February 22, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    @Hal – Have to agree with you. However, Britain did the same thing to our people, now we are fully grafted in and loving it. Don’t forget that.

  12. Helicopter(8P) February 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Couldn’t love it more! Hoping the have a great education and social experience . I can remember my first experience in Japan! It was just about Ten thirty in the evening and all visitors need to have a home stead by eleven a public order by government. Well they were two teenage kids boy and girl who saw me come up the JR subway line at that time and respectfully they introduced themselves and asked me if i needed help in finding my hotel and so they led me to the hotel door.

  13. Sabrina April 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    There is a good and a bad side to everything we do, but life is about risks. Only successful people on the micro and macro levels and nations of the world can relate to this truth. If we do not take risks, we stay stuck and unproductive. So while all comments are valid in questioning the article and the views expressed, do not harp on one aspect of the society and paint it as that in its entirety. We all go into ventures with a “what`s-in-it-for-me?” mentality, so lashing out at the Asians for that is not necessary. The beauty of it is that, they have reached out because for years, due to little fault of the inhabitants and more to do with the ruling powers at the time, laws were established to keep out foreigners in Japan. Now they want to open up and learn more about the world through interaction, of course wondering what are the benefits for them. Barbados does the same thing. We resist at first and then we accept, it`s human nature. So see this as an opportunity to grow and to learn, while still maintaining your identity. Question, research, critique and evaluate and then take appropriate action, but do not shut off your minds to learning about the possibilities of such a venture. Unwise is the person who rejects, without first knowing that which he is rejecting.


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