EDUCATION MINISTER OF BARBADOS APPROVES MOBILITY AWARD FOR SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS FOR VARIETY CLUB’S CHOICE IN 2011
Variety, the Children’s Charity of Barbados, held a presentation for six children from All Saints, St. Stephen’s, Ellerton, Eagle Hall and St. Mathew’s Special Units classes. The presentation was made by the Honorable Ronald Jones, JP, MP, Minister of Education recently at the Plantations Garden Theatre, St. Lawrence, Christ Church.
In her welcome address Donnah Russell, Executive Director told the audience of parents and teachers who accompanied the awardees, “Over the past year, Variety has worked closely with many of the Special Needs Units of the Primary Schools, providing equipment and supplies to be used to enhance and excite the numerous learning methods necessary to teach these special children.”
She went on to say that Variety was pleased to “celebrate the strides these children have made, having
witnessed other organisations rewarding the academics who move on to older secondary schools … We celebrate their achievements given the trial and error they have gone endured to go through a syllabus and a traditional system that is not necessarily set with them in mind. We celebrate their success against all odds.”
The Minister of Education, Hon Ronald Jones, MP addressed the parents and noted that they were the first responders to the needs of their children and urged them to nurture their special children who were special only because of the extra attention they need to help them as they learn and grow. The Minister also spoke about the need for the extended family and organisations such as Variety to assist these special students.