Solving Barbados’ gang problem

Several very expensive solutions to Barbados’ gang and drug problems are available. In desperation, the Government may be tempted to select one of them and unnecessarily push Barbados further into debt. Given Government’s tendency to partially implement solutions and then realize that they are unaffordable, the money will likely be wasted.

Since we currently have ‘mauby’ pockets, an effective and economical (not costly) solution would more likely be implemented to completion. In designing solutions for our youth, we should remember our responsibility to them, which is to provide an environment where they can be trained to receive the baton of leadership, so that they can responsibly manage this legacy which is Barbados.

Once this vision is accepted, then the solution reveals itself. On the gang issue, there are three groups of youths that need to be targeted. The first group is the current secondary school students who are being prepared to leave school with no marketable skills.

The second group is those who have already graduated from secondary school without any marketable skills, and are coming to the realization that the only employment opportunities available to them are within a gang.

The third group is gang leaders, who think that the only way that they can participate in Barbados’ economy is through recruiting others to engage in the illegal drug trade. Permanent solutions need to be designed for each group.

In designing permanent solutions, it is important to address the root causes and not only the symptoms. One root cause of our gangs is the secondary school curriculum, which results in many students leaving school without any marketable skills. This brings us to the solution for our current students.

The existing school curriculum needs to be rearranged so that students spend their first three years learning the more exciting, easier-to-learn, and more marketable practical aspects of the subjects. During this time, all students should be taught, among other things: conversational languages, applied sciences and arts, and music-by-ear.

All students should at least know how to cook, make marketable products from raw materials at home (eg: coconut oil from coconuts), perform basic accounting, perform basic maintenance on manufactured products, and speak and write well. The final two years should be spent learning the more challenging theoretical aspects of subjects in preparation for the CXC examinations.

Those who have already left school without marketable skills will soon realise that as adults, they need money. Individual counselling and group seminars may be useful for their personal development; however, it does not pay bills. They are aware that they do not possess marketable skills to get anything but labourer positions, and in the current economic climate, those entry-level positions are already taken by those who left school before them.  Therefore, the solution is to give them the training to start their own profitable businesses.

Walbrent College conducts free practical workshops that train persons, with no apparent marketable skills, to start and grow a business with no start-up money.  The College used to teach the workshop to inmates in prison so that they could have had a legitimate source of income following their release.

The next free five day workshop for unemployed and under-employed persons will likely be held within one month. Walbrent College is hosting a free public town-hall meeting on Sunday 10th September at 5:00 pm at Combermere School, where participants may register themselves and others to attend the free workshop.

At the town hall meeting, Roger Husbands, who accurately predicted the current gang activity now described by the Police, has been invited to make further predictions based on an analysis of the current situation.  Solutions Barbados will explain their plan to effectively and economically address Barbados’ gang and crime problems. All are welcome to attend.

The third group comprises gang leaders who control gang members. Many of them wish that there was another way, but feel trapped in the hazardous drug trade.  They desperately need to manage the development, marketing and distribution of a safer product.

Fortunately, there is an unlimited amount of replacement products to which they can apply their unique management skills. They simply need to see the resulting income in order to be convinced to make the switch.

When an area is being flooded by an open faucet, the first order of business is to turn it off and then proceed with the clean-up. Changing the secondary school curriculum to give all students marketable skills is the equivalent of turning off the faucet. This requires the support of the Ministry of Education. It is to their shame that a new school term is about to start and the curriculum remains unchanged.

Source: (Grenville Phillips II is the founderof Solutions Barbados and can be reached at

24 Responses to Solving Barbados’ gang problem

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    No its not, you have the police form a gang unit from the best of them
    2. Curfew in trouble areas of I’m for under 21yrs old male and females
    3. Gang injunctions targeting individual and gangs where they cannot hang out or be with in 300 yards of each other
    4. Mandatory 10 yr sentence for gang activity, you must do it all.
    5.25 yrs for processing a gun and that for each gullet
    6. 35 yrs for discharging a weapon .
    7. Hanging for any one who kills a person in comission of gang activity.
    8. Make the families of gang members pay to feed and house the family member gangsters.
    Saving the state .money on their upkeep.
    You people act as if you are scared and stupid, and mentally devoid of cogent forward thinking.
    I am ashamed to be of bajans descent at the very moment. These simple solutions cost no extra monies since the infrastructure is already there.

    • Jacob Donawa
      Jacob Donawa September 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      except they are not solutions. You are proposing stoping freedom of movement and assembly, mandatory sentencing for vaguely defined “gang activity”. Then charging a bunch of poor people for something there relatives did . this Will result in overburdening the prison system but will not lower crime. We know this because everywhere this approach has been used it has not worked. If you kill all the criminals they will be just be replaced by other criminals because the same conditions that created them still exist. Solving these problems needs something more than the same old redactional thinking. They need more programs for young people, more investment in the youth and the future. Sometimes you cant punish your way out of problems.

    • Carl Babb
      Carl Babb September 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Well said ur brain is working

    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow September 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Make the people that are caught that have jobs and are a little older and wiser pay harder have a real hard crackdown on people in positions of trust ! Watch from the top to save the bottom .

    • Poster Man
      Poster Man September 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      lol….well its a good thing u wouldnt get any votes

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose September 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Jacob Donawa: I live in Loa Angeles and they put gang injunctions on the 60’s. MS13, 18th. F13 and it has worked 50% drop in murders and aggravated crimes to in close rape and robberies.
      enemy BIM has a population of in see 300, 000 los Angeles over 6million so I have seen the affect of anti gang initiatives coupled with curfews in other enclaves that have crippled gang activity.
      No detergent no reduction, this problem. Is like a cancer it spreads of not dealt with harshly.
      A small island is a manageable situation due to the water borders. These cretins are only a small fraction of the youth and can be isolated and dealt with but you can not use mid gloves.
      Socila programs work only when married to economic/business growth I have #3 cash cows to go with the big #3already present on BIM.
      I won’t disclose then for fear of plagiarism and mental appropriation by the DLP but I will discuss them with Mia Amor Motley.
      And by the way no one is suggesting stopping freedom of movement only for the ones who are involved in crime, it works in many cities in America and can work there if used with surgical precission aimed at the lawless, no one says you can’t move around, only gang bangers can’t move around with each other or be in concert with each other.And the ludacris statement that these policies I mentioned have not worked is laughable nothing is 100% proof any time you want to have a discussion on that I can prove you wrong Singapore,Hattiesburg Mississippi you have bloods ,crips vicelords. And gangster disciples one murder this year and that was domestic abuse.
      I deal in facts not hyperbole or spin.
      I lived the life of a gang banger so I’m speaking from a practical point of view not theoretically experience matters. I can conference you with chief of police parker of Hattiesburg Nd o explain the merits of a bit g and task force and tough sentences for gang activity.

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose September 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Poster Man :That’s why you have the problem you have kid glove acolytes like your self. And it will get worse, believe me I lived that life. Singapore has much tougher policies than I mentioned no gangs and maybe a 5%crime rate

    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks September 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Kaiser Sose, please sit with them and explain.

    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross September 6, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      You have not mentioned one thing that would help to solve the problems being experienced. Nothing at all.

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose September 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Shelly Ross: I did explain ma’am arrest. Sentence and deter I :e injunctions coupled with a gang task force that documents known gang members with gang files.
      Economic and business development that I will not mention publicly. But privately with the BLP . Idea Jackers are lurking and I refuse to be plagiarized.
      Believe me I seen it work first hand you have to starve the beast. If you limit coordination you limit execution.

    • Arlington Andrews Farley
      Arlington Andrews Farley September 6, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      you seem to have it all figured out, why can’t the Mastermind work this out,i guess hhe public . whie would have to come to the podium and have to SPEAK to the public which is not his comfort zone,

    • Arlington Andrews Farley
      Arlington Andrews Farley September 6, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      make the Judges aware that there should be the same punishment across the table. not 2 months for one and 10 years for the other, make it a standard penalty

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose September 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      What needs to happen is judged need to be extra that way they can be term limited if the don’t do their jobs.
      That’s done here in America and many have been voted out for malfeasance.

    • Jacob Donawa
      Jacob Donawa September 6, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      America is the country with the highest percentage of its own population in jail, not sure if that’s a good example. LA is one of the most gang infested states in America and from my understanding they are no where near to solving the issue. As for the LA police are world famous for terrorizing black people.

  2. Alex Alleyne September 6, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Eh, remember, “WE DON’T HAVE NO GANGS HERE, WE JUST HAVE A BUNCH OF LAWLESS MEN”…….Remember ?????????.
    Now when these same men get in trouble with the Law we see Lawyers come running to them “Like Ambulance Chasers”.

  3. Alex Alleyne September 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    “Making coconut oil from dry coconuts”……The water coconut trade is so wide spread and a lucrative trade in BIM that a “DRY COCONUT ” IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND ON A TREE IN BIM.
    Barbados must make sure the “fellers that are caught with those LARGE drug hauls must talk and give up the ones at the TOP with the Big Bucks”. In doing this, then we can strip them of all their ill-gotten gains and lost them away in DODDS.
    But then again……..I am only dreaming.

  4. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv September 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    So the woman that get kill at the ATM is a gang or gang leader I wonder how much sense that helping guns out them hands or who ain’t in gangs.

  5. Wayne Dixon
    Wayne Dixon September 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    CHINA will Eventually own the Caribbean

  6. Arlington Andrews Farley
    Arlington Andrews Farley September 6, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    the wearing of the bandanaacross the cheeks is to hide the identity of the indivsual, this needs to be addressed as well, they copy the american style but they don’t really know what gang life is really like

  7. Arlington Andrews Farley
    Arlington Andrews Farley September 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    send them to South central L.A

  8. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hattiesburg MS a small city roughly the size of BIM. They have crops bloods vicelords and gangster disciples,1 murder this year and that was domestic abuse read what I said they did to accomplish this I don’t like repeating my self.

  9. Belfast September 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Thank goodness for armchair Generals.

  10. Arlington Andrews Farley
    Arlington Andrews Farley September 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    The Judicial system takes too long , there is an urgent need to fast track some of the new cases, let these people know that it is not ok to discharge a firearm in a public domain , you mean to tell me that all our fore parents worked hard to give us a better living standard and we throw that away because of what ?

  11. Alex Alleyne September 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    judicial system + Politics. ,,,,end of story.


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