Education

Sammie Starr's 'We Can Change the World' wins Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers song competition

December 17, 2014

Sammie "Starr" Poitier's anthem "We Can Change The World" featuring the St. Anne's School Choir emerged the winner of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology's (MOEST) 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) song competition.
The song which highlights the 2015 Conference's theme "Quality Education for Equitable Development -- Performance, Paths and Productivity" will be the official song of the education conference which is being hosted in The Bahamas June 22-26, 2015 at the Atlantis.
"I am proud, so proud to be bestowed the opportunity to be ambassadors for the country on this platform in 2015 at the conference. I am honored and excited especially for the kids because they worked so hard. I'm happy for them," said Poitier.
Second place went to Alvin "Papa Smurf" Simms for "Teacher's Appreciation," and Albury Sayle Primary, Sonovia Pierre and Felicia Cartwright took third place for their rake n' scrape gem, "Quality Education."
The winners walked away with $5,000. Third place was given $1,000.
Over 20 submissions were received.
"I am elated that so many young Bahamian artists responded to the call and took on the challenge of composing a song for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers," said Fitzgerald.
MOEST wanted to provide opportunities for Bahamians to participate, and incorporate Bahamian culture into the 19CCEM. The process began with the logo design competition, which resulted in Daniel Hanna producing the winning logo. The song competition was another project created to brand the 19CCEM. Song entries were expected to celebrate the power of education to enhance the lives of individuals and nations.
The triennial meeting of Commonwealth Education Ministers allows the 53 leaders of education systems within the Commonwealth to engage in meaningful dialogue on education. Additionally, the conference facilitates the exchange of best practices in education, promotes goodwill and fosters mutual respect and cooperation between stakeholder groups, inclusive of senior governmental officials, teachers, youth and NGOs from member states. About 1,000 foreign delegates are expected to attend.

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BTVI students get the opportunity to study in Canada

December 17, 2014

Four Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) students have been afforded the opportunity to study in Canada for two semesters on Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships.
Lynderia Clarke and Renel Pierre will study electrical installation at Vancouver Island University, while Cordelia Dean and Mystique Stevenson will enter the computer systems technician program at Fanshawe College.
The Canadian government scholarships provide Latin America and Caribbean students with short-term exchange opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
BTVI's Coordinator of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel, will also be headed to Fanshawe College on a two-week faculty exchange.
The students were excited at the opportunity presented to them, with Dean and Stevenson schedule to commence studies in Canada for the spring 2015 semester, and Clarke and Pierre departing the country as early as New Year's Day.
Stevenson said she had never entertained the thought that she could be a BTVI student and given the opportunity to study abroad for two semesters.
"I'm appreciative of being selected," said Stevenson. "I intend to make BTVI proud."
BTVI's Manager and Consultant Dr. Iva Dahl, encouraged the students to make new friends during the eight months and gain a wider experience through integration of cultures, but she also advised them to uphold high standards.
"Don't throw caution to the wind because it's a foreign country. Don't do anything you wouldn't do at home. And academically, if you're struggling, there is help. Take advantage of tutoring," she encouraged them.
Dr. Dahl told the students to seek to attain their Red Seals -- Canada's highest trade certification -- as the Canadian Electrical Code Part I is the electrical code adopted by The Bahamas.
The foursome prepare to begin their studies abroad as Isaiah Strachan and Diane Smith have completed their semester-long stint at Holland College in Canada, where they both studied electronics engineering. The student exchange that began in 2009 requires BTVI students to be full-time. Following the experience, the students are expected to return to BTVI to complete their studies.

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The future is now

December 17, 2014

So D. Paul, what exactly do you mean by the title of this article, "The future is now?" Well, several things actually. Firstly, we have such an array of marvelous technology, that we're able to do things on the Internet for example which we could not do in years gone by, like for example study and take exams online to acquire the extra knowledge we need in order to be more qualified thus becoming candidates for a whole lot more success in our lives.
That's right, people can study right at home online with leading colleges and universities, like the University of The West Indies, Phoenix University, etc., so the future is now in relation to the acquisition of knowledge of all sorts. I recently introduced a unique annual staff motivation program and am presently marketing it to leading business establishments, large and small.
Here's how it works, businesses can enroll their staff members in the Gold Club as outlined on The Reilly Institute website which can be accessed at www.dpaulreilly.com. Gold Club members have a wealth of motivational material available to them 24/7, 52 weeks a year on their computer, iPad or other mobile device including dynamic lectures both video and audio, inspirational Interviews, affirmation-relaxation exercises to assist with the reprogramming of the subconscious, which in turn will raise one's self-image, and daily motivational programs both audio and written.
So, there's no doubt about it, the future is now when it comes to technology and exciting innovative, new ways in which to acquire knowledge and skills online, 24/7. In other words, we can study at our own pace without even leaving home. Of course, with all of these new, exciting ways in which to acquire higher learning, there really are no excuses for not being fully educated in today's world for the future is now.
But my friend, there's another way in which the future is now, which I've discussed on numerous occasions in the past in these articles over the years. You can actually make the future now by using God's wonderful gift of your imagination. That's right, when you are chasing a dream, pursuing goals and objectives, one of the best, most effective ways to make your dreams come true, is to vividly visualize yourself as having already achieved those goals and objectives.
In other words, you see yourself today very clearly in your mind's eye exactly where you intend to be in the future. This will assist you greatly in making your goals an actual reality in your life.

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Palmdale Christmas Tree Lighting

December 16, 2014

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, encouraged students at Palmdale Primary school to 'aim for the sky' when he visited them to participate in a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 10...

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Important Announcement-NATIONAL REPORT CAR DAY
Important Announcement-NATIONAL REPORT CAR DAY

December 16, 2014

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology wishes to advise parents of students in government schools that Thursday, 18th December, 2014 is NATIONAL REPORT CARD DAY...

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Official results of Junior Junkanoo for Junior and Senior High School Divisions

December 15, 2014

Official results of Junior Junkanoo for Junior and Senior High School Divisions...

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Official results of Junior Junkanoo for Pre-School and Primary School Divisions.

December 15, 2014

Official results of Junior Junkanoo for Pre-School and Primary School Divisions...

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Christmas Comes Early For Inner City Kids

December 12, 2014

Sunshine Insurance Workers Donate Christmas Gifts To Stephen Dillet Primary School Students...

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December 12, 2014

Thirty-nine Bahamians will be conferred Master’s of Science Degrees in three different disciplines; Curriculum and Instruction, Exceptional Student Education and Organizational Learning and Leadership from Barry University...

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Shipyard donates $30,000 to Eight Mile Rock High School

December 10, 2014

Santa came early this year for high school students in Eight Mile Rock as the Grand Bahama Shipyard helped them tick something off of their Christmas wish list. This Christmas Eight Mile Rock High School (EMRHS)...

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Kingsway primary students evaluate the amount of waste they generate

December 10, 2014

Kingsway Academy's lower primary school students and teachers have taken on the challenge to minimize the impact they have on the environment through proper waste management by being more mindful of how they generate garbage and where it goes, and as a result, the school was recently awarded the distinction of being the pilot school for the Innovative Science "Where does the garbage go?" project.
The program challenges the school children and teachers to evaluate the amount of waste they generate, and determine its fate. The goal is for them to reduce the amount of home and classroom waste going into the landfill. Students will explore what happens when garbage leaves their classroom and their homes. The journey began in their morning chapel assembly. The children of the lower primary section of the school (grades K3-3) listened to Christine Hepburn as she portrayed "Grammy Hepburn" from Cat Island as she read the story, "Where does the garbage go?" from the National Literacy Services.
"We are aiming to change the attitudes of students, teachers and parents towards waste management in The Bahamas. We hope to sensitize the next generation to the dangers of taking garbage disposal for granted," said Sheena Davis, president of Innovative Science.
Kingsway Academy Senior Mistress Ingrid Kerkulah said she welcomed Innovative Science sharing with her students and teachers exactly how they could minimize the volume of garbage being generated.
"We realize that garbage does not simply disappear once it leaves our campus or even our homes," she said. "As a school, we are happy to partner with Innovative Science and the [United States] Embassy [who provided a grant to fund the project] with this new initiative. We want to do our part by taking care of this beautiful land that God has given to us by continuing to reduce, reuse and recycle."
The project that got underway in October will take place in two phases and will run until June 2015. The first phase of the project involves students and teachers determining the amount of garbage being discarded in their classrooms. Students will record and weigh the garbage daily. The second phase will involve students learning which items are recyclable in The Bahamas and which items are not. Each classroom will be outfitted with its own recycle center for paper, plastic and aluminium cans.
"When the recyclable items are removed from the waste stream, students and teachers will see a reduction in the volume and weight of garbage being discarded," said Davis.
Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the US Embassy, along with sponsorship from Caribbean Bottling, Bahamas Waste and Waste Not.
Paul Stilley, acting public affairs officer at the US Embassy Nassau said they were pleased to partner with Innovative Science to raise awareness about conservation and protecting the environment in The Bahamas.
"We need to elevate the environment in everything we do, so supporting youth-focused conservation programs is very important to us. We applaud the efforts undertaken by students at Kingsway Academy Primary School to minimize the impact they have on the environment through proper waste management. By being more mindful of how we generate garbage and where it goes, we bring about a change of attitude that moves us one step closer to ensuring the environmental protection of this beautiful Bahamian archipelago," said Stilley.
Innovative Science is a company committed to providing hands on science education for students. This is accomplished through after school programs, in-class workshops, summer camps and science-themed parties and shows. The project is a part of its community outreach program.

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URCA sponsors students to regional training workshop

December 10, 2014

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has made it possible for two technical education students to enhance their knowledge of the rapidly developing area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) through a regional workshop.
Gerrard Russell, who studies Information Technology Management Security and Server Plus at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and Antonio Rahming, a Computer Information Systems major at The Bahamas Baptist Community College (BBCC) are the two recipients. The duo represented The Bahamas at the Regional Youth ICT Innovations Training Workshop in Antigua and Barbuda December 8-10.
According to URCA's CEO, Kathleen Smith, the support is in keeping with the authority's objective to promote the involvement of young people in the use and creative development of ICT.
"We look forward to Gerard and Antonio's return and to their sharing of any new and innovative ideas about how they can best use ICT to further the development of their entrepreneurial aspirations, involve more young men and women in the sector and enhance their level of productivity in their current studies or job environment," Smith said.
She said that URCA was excited that the workshop addressed youth employment and entrepreneurship.
Russell who wants to eventually launch a security audit company was eager to attend the workshop.
"I am looking to gain new, innovative ideas that I can bring back to The Bahamas and I want to be a part of reducing the global cost of IT. I'm also excited that BTVI paved the way for me and for my future," he said.
Rahming hoped to build on his IT knowledge through participation in the course, and raise awareness about ICT initiatives, an ever-changing field.
Workshop participants addressed implications of ICT use and adoption with an emphasis on innovative technology, examining the role markets play in the development and distribution of ICT infrastructure and services, and the conditions that lead to reduced investment risk and increased investment in the ICT sector. Participants were challenged to develop ideas for ICT-enabled, socially responsible businesses and programs that can be initiated by young people in addition to introducing the fundamentals of developing business plans and team proposals.
The training was organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organization (CANTO). The workshop was geared towards youth wanting to pursue a career in the ICT industry, those who have businesses in the ICT industry or those who wish to gain ICT related skills.

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Loving unconditionally

December 10, 2014

There are a whole lot of people who use a whole lot of words which they really don't mean. Now bearing this in mind, there are many who profess to love another -- a spouse, a parent, a relative, a child or friend who are in effect really just kidding both themselves and the people they profess to love. In other words, they'll love the person when everything is going okay, according to plan, however, as soon as something goes wrong, their so-called love seems to conveniently disappear as they actually leave the ones whom they supposedly loved so very much.
Yes my friend, we use this word love today in a rather flippant manner all too frequently not meaning what we say at all. You see, when you love -- really love someone and are not just trying to kid yourself and the other person involved that you love them, your love will be unconditional. So, what does that really mean D. Paul... unconditional?
Well it means you love the person no matter what they do, we never, ever put conditions on true love. The best example to illustrate this, is a parent's love for their child. A parent doesn't just love the child when they're behaving well and all is proceeding as planned -- oh no, a loving parent loves their child no matter what trouble they may get into. The love, which is unconditional love endures, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
I guess the easiest way in which to explain real, unconditional love which most people around the world can relate to, is the Creator's love for all humanity, all of His children, which thank God, pardon the pun, is indeed unconditional.
Of course, as I have stated many times before, in order to love another, we must first and foremost love ourselves. That's right, before I can start to love and respect you, I must first love and respect myself, and this love for ourself must also be unconditional so that we do not lose this love for self thus descending into a state of low self-esteem just because of some failure in our life, as our love and respect for ourself is deeply imbedded in our consciousness, it is unconditional even when we mess up real bad, it remains intact. Yes my friend, please remember today's most important message so that your love is always unconditional. If it's not, well then, it's really not true love.

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Eight Mile Rock student snags PSA competition win

December 10, 2014

Eight Mile Rock High School's Satori Curry claimed first place in the recent Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) public service announcement (PSA) competition.
Curry's PSA said "littering doesn't help us; the attraction of the land and beaches is what brings visitors to our country which helps expand the industry and bring money into the country."
Bishop Michael Eldon Anglican School students Sidney McIntosh and Katrina Dorsette tied for second, with Eight Mile Rock High School student Asia Outten named to the third spot.
McIntosh's PSA said: "Our number one industry is tourism, so we need to keep our island clean to sustain the industry so that it can prosper. Tell family and friends not to litter, what will we have left if we destroy it."
While Dorsette's PSA: "For our future and the next generation, I think that it's important to keep our island clean."
Outten claimed a third place finish with "I discourage my peers from littering, and try hard myself not to litter. I think it's sad to pass on the road and see garbage on the roads, beaches and parks."
The Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) initiative has hosted many competitions at the primary, junior high and senior high levels over the years, with the aim of raising the awareness of the importance of keeping a clean environment amongst the youth of the island. In commemoration of the eighth anniversary of KGBC, during youth month, the committee once again thought it fitting to incorporate a youth component in the celebrations.
"There is so much talent among our youth, and with this very important issue of keeping a clean environment which impacts us all as residents, it is both exciting and thought-provoking to learn from our students as they seek to make us all conscious about the environmental issues that exists and the need for us all be to better stewards of what God has given us," said committee chairperson and Grand Bahama Port Authority Environmental Manager, Nakira Wilchcombe.
"At the end of the day we want these messages to be heard, and who better to express them than our youth," she said.
Previous anniversaries have focused on competitions amongst various genres such as art, music and elocution, through debates, trash to treasure, photography, jingles and documentary.

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Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation president appointed to Bethune-Cookman University's Board of Visitors

December 10, 2014

Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation President and CEO, Ricardo Deveaux was recently appointed to Bethune-Cookman University's (BCU) newly created Board of Visitors, a support organization created by the University's Board of Trustees to bring together distinguished Bethune-Cookman alumni, friends and former trustees as goodwill ambassadors for the university.
Reverend John Harrington, chairman of the Board of Trustees said Deveaux was invited to become a member of the Board of Visitors because of his past service to BCU.
Deveaux is a 1990 BCU graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with honors. He served as BCU's 1989-1990 student body president. In May 2009 at the age of 42, he was the second Bahamian and one of the youngest individuals to deliver the Commencement address at BCU. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

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Students at Jack Hayward learn about Careers in Ship Repair

December 09, 2014

Inspiration can come in many forms, but nothing beats a personal recommendation. Last week a number of Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) staff members shared their personal stories to inspire students at Jack Hayward High School...

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December 09, 2014

“We Can Change the World,” sung by St. Anne’s High School Choir, was selected winner of the Song Competition for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM)...

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Junior Junkanoo-Private Schools Join in

December 08, 2014

The Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth Sports & Culture announced the kickoff of Junkanoo Ticket Sales – Friday, December 5. The 27th Annual Junior Junkanoo Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m...

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Grand Bahama Minister Optimistic as he addresses Spanish Course Graduates

December 08, 2014

Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville, told graduates of the Spanish for Tourism Workplace course that the worst for Grand Bahama is over, and brighter days are ahead...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Flash Mob at Airport

December 05, 2014

‎"BahamasJunkanooCarnival‬ teamed up with ‪LPIA to shoot a surprise performance in terminal introducing passengers to the upcoming carnival! To learn more, visit bahamasjunkanoocarnival.com or follow @carnivalbahamas..."

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