CIBC FirstCaribbean gives gift of knowledge to girls at Government Industrial School

The education and rehabilitation of teenage girls and young women at the Government Industrial School (GIS) has received a boost from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

Soroptomist, Pansy Griffith (second from right) explains to Mark St. Hill, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Country Head for Barbados and Gracie Elias, Manager, Barbados Strategic Business Unit (right) how the reading materials will benefit girls and young women at the Government Industrial School with (from left) other Soroptomists, Judith Toppin, Tammy Bryan and Sisporansa Stanford.

Soroptomist, Pansy Griffith (second from right) explains to Mark St. Hill, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Country Head for Barbados and Gracie Elias, Manager, Barbados Strategic Business Unit (right) how the reading materials will benefit girls and young women at the Government Industrial School with (from left) other Soroptomists, Judith Toppin, Tammy Bryan and Sisporansa Stanford.

The bank recently donated a number of Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) text books and dictionaries to Soroptomist International of Barbados which has developed a resource centre at the female unit of the school in Barrows, St. Lucy. The development of the resource centre coincided with Soroptomist International’s 50th anniversary.

The resource centre will provide information support to some 20 girls across subject areas including general education as well as lifelong learning. The collection at the centre will include CXC texts, encyclopedias, self-improvement books, DVDs as well as information on business opportunities and female health.

Soroptomist International president Sisporansa Stanford thanked the bank for the books. “CIBC FirstCaribbean is the first corporate entity to provide materials for the collection and we’re extremely grateful for the bank’s support and its contribution to the social needs of the community. These books will definitely be put to good use because they form part of the girls’ syllabus.”

Soroptomist International of Barbados president Sisporansa Stanford (third left) and Mark St. Hill, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Country Head for Barbados peruse some of the educational materials donated by the bank to the new resource centre at the Girls Industrial School along with from left: Judith Toppin, Tammy Bryan, Pansy Griffith and Daniele Maycock of Soroptomist International; Carolyn Lewis, Head of HR Barbados, CIBC FirstCaribbean; and Deidre Perch, Government Industrial School.

Soroptomist International of Barbados president Sisporansa Stanford (third left) and Mark St. Hill, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Country Head for Barbados peruse some of the educational materials donated by the bank to the new resource centre at the Girls Industrial School along with from left: Judith Toppin, Tammy Bryan, Pansy Griffith and Daniele Maycock of Soroptomist International; Carolyn Lewis, Head of HR Barbados, CIBC FirstCaribbean; and Deidre Perch, Government Industrial School.

Ms. Stanford added the development of the resource centre was aligned with the organisation’s mission to make a difference in the lives of women and girls; “We launched the New Horizon project some years ago, which is dedicated to assisting the girls at the GIS with the building of self-esteem and preparation for life after a period of institutionalization through training and mentoring.”

After presenting the materials, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Country Head for Barbados, Mark St. Hill said, “The bank has made an ongoing commitment to the development of youth, including young women, particularly at a time where more girls may be identified as being vulnerable or at-risk.” He also praised Soroptomist International for their commitment and dedication to uplifting the lives of girls and women.

The resource centre was opened on November 26 this year.

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