Education

Alliea Campbell successfully completes Island School semester program
Alliea Campbell successfully completes Island School semester program

December 18, 2013

With Alliea Campbell's successful completion of the Fall 2013 Island School semester program in Eleuthera, the number of Bahamian high school graduates who have been gone through the course rose to 30...

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COB's Fall 2013 commencement class an historic group
COB's Fall 2013 commencement class an historic group

December 18, 2013

Before they were conferred with degrees, certificates and diplomas at the Fall 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, more than 200 graduands of The College of The Bahamas were the guests of honor at a Baccalaureate Service held at Christ Church Cathedral on Monday night...

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Students share the spirit of Christmas

December 18, 2013

A group of sixth grade students from the Grand Bahama Academy of Seventh-day Adventists got into the spirit of the Christmas season early, by deciding to share their wealth with their brothers and sisters who are residents of the Grand Bahama Children's Home...

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Teachers stay on work-to-rule
Teachers stay on work-to-rule

December 17, 2013

TEACHERS have withdrawn their threat to go on strike against the government until further notice, but they will remain on work-to-rule until their issues are 100 per cent resolved, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said yesterday...

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Minister Attends Barry University Ceremony

December 17, 2013

BARRY University Miami welcomed Bahamas Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin at its annual fall commencement ceremony.

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Project for GB children

December 17, 2013

FREEPORT - A special project for children under the age of three was launched on Grand Bahama by Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald...

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Save the Bays, EARTHCARE Joins Hands to Introduce Grand Bahama Principles
Save the Bays, EARTHCARE Joins Hands to Introduce Grand Bahama Principles

December 16, 2013

Select students in Grand Bahama will have an extra school day when they return to class in January -- and no one is complaining...

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Courses announced for financial services sector
Courses announced for financial services sector

December 16, 2013

MINISTER of Financial Services Ryan Pinder announced an "exciting" educational initiative his ministry has undertaken in collaboration with the Bahamas Institute for Financial Services...

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FamGuard Corporation Makes 25, 000 Scholarship Donation to C.O.B.
FamGuard Corporation Makes $25, 000 Scholarship Donation to C.O.B.

December 13, 2013

FamGuard Corporation recently presented its annual scholarship grant to the College of The Bahamas which will provide tuition assistance for six students for the academic year 2013/2014...

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FamGuard Corporation Makes 25, 000 Scholarship Donation to C.O.B.
FamGuard Corporation Makes $25, 000 Scholarship Donation to C.O.B.

December 11, 2013

FamGuard Corporation recently presented its annual scholarship grant to the College of The Bahamas which will provide tuition assistance for six students for the academic year 2013/2014...

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Sounds from the stars

December 11, 2013

Queen's College (QC) is a school that believes in catering to a wide cross-section of young people throughout the community...

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New Seahorse Institute rises from the ashes

December 11, 2013

One year to the day after the Seahorse Institute, a Bahamian not-for-profit organization that provides education and therapeutic support to children with special needs such as autism and Down syndrome, was destroyed by fire, the new facility was opened.
Over the eight months the leadership and staff of the facility, temporarily housed their specially designed clinical and educational programs, which supported 24 children between two and 21 years of age at St. Andrew's Kirk Presbyterian Church before moving into the new location at 85 Soldier Road.
The new facility at Soldier Road features spacious classrooms, ample outside and inside recreation options including a swing set, playground and pool as well as rooms for clinical evaluation and treatment.
According to Dr. Michelle Major, the facility will be a community resource, offering free monthly classes to all parents and educators through the new CARE Academy. Additionally, the new facility is being used by Barry University to hold classes for the Master's Program in Special Education.
"The Seahorse Institute will work with government and schools and other not-for-profit organizations to have a positive impact here in The Bahamas for children with special needs and their families," said Dr. Major.
Seahorse Institute's volunteer board and its director, Dr. Michelle Major, reached out to the Bahamian community for support and received a tremendous response from individuals and businesses in the form of donation of funds, building supplies and volunteering of technical expertise and labor. With their support and a bridge loan provided by Mark Roberts, president of FYP, the Seahorse Institute was able to purchase a new facility and renovate it to meet the special educational and therapeutic needs of the children.
During the opening ceremony, guests were treated to a performance by the children of Seahorse Institute and visiting students from St. Andrew's School who signed and sang to a song called "Thank You". The schools share a weekly inclusion day where students intermingle. Entertainment was also provided by Adrian D'Aguilar and the Jazz Cats youth group.
Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas Antonio Rodrique; U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaire John Dinkelmann; Zhai Xingfu, counselor and deputy chief of the Chinese Embassy; Yang Guang, attache of the Chinese Embassy and wife of the Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Yang Hong were able to visit the new site, tour the facility and learn about the work that is done with the children first-hand from the students and parents themselves.
The contributions of the donors who contributed to the building of the new facility were recognized and two Angel Awards were presented to Baha Mar Resorts along with Mark Robert, president of FYP, for their extraordinary efforts to ensure that the children had a new place to learn and grow.
The Seahorse Institute has also partnered with Furniture Plus and their Charity of Hope Foundation to make Charity of Hope candles available for sale around the country with proceeds to benefit the institute. Candles can be purchased for $10. Handmade Angels of Hope can be purchased for $1 at Furniture Plus. Each year, Krystynia D'Arville at Furniture Plus assists us in raising nearly $5,000 annually.
To volunteer at Seahorse Institute or to make a donation, visit seahorseinstitute.org or speak with Andi Strachan at 242-676-6780 for more information.

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Five BTVI students tapped to pursue studies in Canada

December 11, 2013

Information technology and security student, Gerrard Russell, will be one of five Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute students heading to Canada in January to continue studies on an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship.
Russell, who will study information technology at Fanshawe College, in London, Ontario, Canada, along with Ketely Brown who will pursue studies in the same field, but at Holland College; Elkeno Jones who will study electrical at Holland College, Valentino Burrows, who will study solar thermal energy at Holland College, Rashad Morely, who will study electrical at Vancouver Island University, received the scholarships through the Canadian government. The scholarships are for students from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The scholarships are short-term opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The purpose is to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas, which strengthens linkages between post-secondary schools in Canada with Latin America and the Caribbean. The scholarship value varies between ($7,200 and $9,700 Canadian) depending on the duration and level of study for students, according to whether the course of study is four months for college and undergraduate students, or for a period of five or six months of study or research. And cover visa and or study/work permit expenses; funding for the most economical round trip economy class airfare; funding for health insurance; monthly living allowance and required books, supplies and equipment, not including computers.
The student exchange, which began in 2009, requires BTVI students to be full-time and following the experience, they are to return to BTVI to complete their studies.
Russell, a former student of C.C. Sweeting Senior School, who has been enrolled at BTVI for a year-and-a-half, is excited about the opportunity to study abroad. He departs for Canada on December 31, and plans to make the most of the opportunity, especially after he "messed around and threw opportunities out of the window."
He credits an employee at a school for gifted children who told him he could be whatever he wanted to be. That proved to be a light bulb moment for him. And besides God, Russell gives credit to his networking instructor Anthony Ramtula who inspired him to go beyond the ordinary.
"He kicked me into gear. He is brutally honest. He would also teach for hours straight, motivating me to be better than him. I've never met anyone like him," said Russell, who aspires to be a security auditor.
"Coming from nothing, this could only be God," said the 24-year-old who grew up in Chippingham with his parents Anthony and Melanie Russell and his siblings. His 20-year-old brother Ammad is also a student at BTVI.
"I won't disappoint BTVI. I'm just a person who wants to be the best."
And Russell is more than ready to make the leap from BTVI's 1,700 student campus to the approximately 15,000 full-time students he will meet at Fanshawe's main campus.
"This is the opportunity to show the naysayers that God can do everything. I won't let this opportunity slide," he said.
Russell, who said he has already started packing, said he also views the opportunity to study abroad as a chance to become more independent.
The BTVI student is a 3.73 cumulative grade point average student, a far cry from the less than 2.00 average he had when he left high school.
The reason for his change -- life -- and being under bosses who screamed at him made him realize there was more to life. He also did not want to fall prey to the lure of illegal activities. The young man who said he decided to take responsibility for his actions names Dr. Ben Carson, who at one point could not read, but went on to become the world's first black pediatric surgeon as an inspiration to him.
BTVI's manager and consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl told the five students to make BTVI proud and to remain focused on their courses of study. She also encouraged the students to expand their horizons and integrate with other cultures, opening themselves to the international experience.

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FamGuard Corporation donates 25,000 scholarship to COB

December 11, 2013

Patricia Hermanns, left, president of FamGuard Corporation, presents its annual scholar scholarship grant to The College of The Bahamas (COB), which will provide tuition assistance for six students for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The company's scholarship program began in 1988 and since its inception has provided over $400,000 in financial aid to more than 200 students from New Providence and the Family Islands. Scholarship recipients are selected by COB based on qualifying criteria determined by FamGuard in partnership with the college.
In making the presentation to COB executives, FamGuard President Patricia Hermanns noted that the long-standing relationship with the college reflects the company's unwavering commitment to youth development and nation building.
Pictured with Hermanns are (from left) Davinia Blair, director of development at COB; Betsy Vogel-Boze, COB president; Cheryl Carey, director of financial aid, COB and Dr. Kerry Higgs, senior vice president, administration, FamGuard Corporation. FAMGUARD CORPORATION

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Cop chases GGYA's Bronze Award: Hanna proves it's never too late to follow dreams

December 11, 2013

Nicholls Town, North Andros -- For six years he's been a real life hero, saving lives, catching bad guys and keeping law and order -- all in a day's work.
But for Owen Hanna, while he's working his dream job as a police officer, it's not enough.
The 24-year-old crime fighter, who is stationed at the Nicholls Town Police Station in North Andros, dreams of obtaining a Governor General's Youth Award (GGYA) medal.
While he wouldn't exactly qualify as a youth, Hanna is approaching the GGYA's age limit of 25. That has not deterred him from becoming involved in the self-development program.
GGYA participants take part in hiking expeditions, community service, a physical activity and develop a skill. Depending on the time invested in the program, participants can earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.
"During my time in high school, I wasn't aware of GGYA. After reviewing a participant's application form, I noticed the age ranged from 14 to 25. Being 24, I was eager and more excited to be a part of GGYA. I also wanted to further my development," said Hanna, who now serves as a GGYA unit leader.
"After telling people I was going to join GGYA I got positive feedback. I don't think there are many people who would have, at this age, gone for the Bronze. The GGYA welcomed me with open arms. They were eager to receive me and teach me what they know. But, you know what, it's never too late."
Even though he doesn't have his Bronze yet, Hanna has already set his sights on a Silver Award.
But, he knows that his age will pose a problem.
He's now hoping GGYA officials will subscribe to the theory that age 'ain't nothing but a number' and allow him to continue on in the program.
"I've done so much in my life, but there's still so much to do and honestly, I'd really like to go all the way to the Gold," he said. "I'm hoping GGYA will make an exception and allow me to pursue the Silver and Gold. That would be a dream come true."
Hanna, who trained extensively to become a police officer, said the GGYA expeditions would be "a piece of cake".
"I'm prepared for anything; I'm not afraid of challenges. I'm willing to overcome any challenge if it will be beneficial in the end. Being a police officer I have already been through rigorous training. On numerous occasions I go on hikes. So, right now, I'm excited to hike," he said.
Besides eventually earning a law degree, Hanna said he has a passion for helping the nation's youths and wants to "save the lives of some of these young men".
He also wants others to know it's not too late to join GGYA.
"When I looked at the program itself, it has an excellent structure to develop, shape and mold any young person's character and to steer them in the right direction. That's my goal. Now that I know I have a chance, I want to let people who feel that once they come out of school they can't join this program, that they can and they should go for it," he said.
Nearly 1,700 participants from throughout the country are in the GGYA.
Units are located on Abaco, Acklins, Andros, Bimini, the Berry Islands, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island and Grand Bahama.
This year alone, the GGYA has presented over 400 Awards to various youths.

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Teachers in Family Islands still casting strike votes
Teachers in Family Islands still casting strike votes

December 10, 2013

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) is still polling Family Island teachers to determine if it should invite Department of Labour representatives to conduct a strike vote, BUT president Belinda Wilson said in a statement yesterday...

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The Bahamas Union of Teachers
The Bahamas Union of Teachers

December 10, 2013

Belinda Wilson, President, Bahamas Union of Teachers is informing ALL members of the New Providence District of a GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ...

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Meeting Between BUT Minister of Labour
Meeting Between BUT & Minister of Labour

December 10, 2013

President Belinda Wilson and Executives of the BUT met with the Minister of Labour D Shane Gibson and his team on Monday, December 9th 2013. At the meeting, Minister Gibson and the union were able to resolve most of the outstanding matters...

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BUT release video 'to clarify position'
BUT release video 'to clarify position'

December 09, 2013

AS tensions continue to rise between the Bahamas Union of Teachers and the Ministry of Education, BUT President Belinda Wilson released a 25 minute video to the public clarifying the union's position on several "serious matters"...

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BUT wants schools condemned
BUT wants schools condemned

December 09, 2013

Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President Belinda Wilson recommends that the government condemn Stephen Dillet and Uriah McPhee Primary Schools, claiming that health and safety concerns persist...

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