Everybody’s Magazine: KIRANI’S VICTORY – INCENTIVE FOR GRENADIANS ABROAD TO HELP THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF GRENADA
Kirani James becoming an Olympian Gold Medal winner must be an incentive to Grenadians and people of Grenadian heritage residing abroad to help young people in Grenada.
Helping can give students golden opportunities. For example, it was a Dr. Kenrick Lewis scholarship that helped Kirani James attain a secondary school education where he was discovered as a potential world class athlete.
Many Grenadians abroad are sometimes reluctant to give especially if the funds are given via a Grenada government office abroad and later the discretionary use of the funds become a political issue. Regardless to political party in power, how the funds are used and who controls the funds are always a source of controversy.
But, Grenadians abroad can help through others means without any fanfare. Dr. Kenrick Lewis is a vivid example. Over the years, Dr. Lewis, a catalyst chemist and famous for his contributions in the development of silicon, has given scholarships to students at primary schools in the Parish of St. John’s to attend one of Grenada’s secondary schools.
Kirani James, a student at the St. John’s Anglican Primary School, won one of Dr. Lewis’ scholarships. That scholarship afforded Kirani the opportunity to attend the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (GBSS) where he excelled . Well, one can say the rest is history…
Kirani is very appreciative of Dr. Lewis’ help and they stay in touch. They are from Gouyave, attended the St. John’s Anglican School and GBSS. The point is Grenadians can help by giving directly to individuals and institutions.
THE ANGLICAN SCHOOL
Throughout the 20th century headmasters of the St.John’s Anglican School such as a Mr. Hewitt (1920’s-1940’s), Mr.Miller (1940’s) and Mr. Eli Peters (1955-1970) encouraged students to seek the highest prize. “Honour Boards” listed students who became personalities on the national, regional and international stage. Honor boards are no longer used. What will be good is for former students of the “Gouyave Anglican School” to fund a “Golden Board” in celebration of Kirani James achievements.
SYMBOLIC OLYMPIC DATE AND COUNTRY
Grenada & Jamaica won gold medals on the fifth and sixth of August, 2012 when the emancipation of the enslaved is commemorated in the former English West Indian colonies.
Jamaica seriously considered asking for its independence on August 1 but changed the date to August 6 for mankind to always remember the significance of August 1, 1833, 1834 and 1838.
In Grenada, Emancipation Day is celebrated on the first Monday of August. It will also be remembered as the day Kirani James gave Grenada its first Olympic medal.
The 2012 Olympic is in England, the country that once ruled Grenada, Jamaica and the Anglophone Caribbean. So England was the perfect place for Bolt and James to make Olympic history and to change the blue Caribbean Sea from Grenada in the south to Jamaica in the north to a sea of gold.