Earlier this year, CIBC FirstCaribbean International bank sponsored the production and distribution of two posters featuring the “Fruits of Barbados” and the “Vegetables, Root Crops and Herbs of Barbados” for distribution to the island’s schools.

As a result, all public primary and secondary schools in Barbados have received several copies of these posters, which will be used as teaching aids and/or general knowledge tools to assist the students in their learning about food, nutrition and health.

As a part of its commitment to contribute to the education of the region’s children, the bank’s charitable arm, the CIBC FirstCaribbean Comtrust Foundation, acted on a request from the Ministry of Education, to also organise a series of competitions during the month of October, to cement the knowledge the students may have gained from studying the contents of the posters.

These competitions along with the prizes they offer promise to be rewarding for students and their respective schools, and to help them see how the fruits and vegetables they learned about in the poster can augment their diet

From October 1, 2012 three competitions are being introduced across the island’s public primary and secondary schools. These are:

• An art competition entitled “My favourite fruit or vegetable” for primary school students from age 4-8 years.
• An Essay competition entitled “Why fruits and vegetables are an important part of our diet”, for secondary school students from Forms 1-3.
• A Culinary competition using the fruits and vegetables captured on the posters – for secondary school students from Forms 4-6.

{FILE IMAGE} The deadline for submission of entries for the art and essay competitions is 31st October 2012.

Judging takes place in mid-November and the winners will be announced on November 21st, 2012.

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