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Health Minister John Boyce was so impressed with the entries in a poster competition sponsored by the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organisation, that he has promised to include the prize-winning art work in a gallery at the offices of the Ministry of Health.

Taja Mann from St Michael's School receives her $600.00 Art Hub voucher from Dr Karen Springer, she earned 3rd place in the poster category for Secondary Schoolchildren (Taja is Tariq's older sister – they are the children of Barbadian artist Denzil Mann)

Taja Mann from St Michael’s School receives her $600.00 Art Hub voucher from Dr Karen Springer, she earned 3rd place in the poster category for Secondary Schoolchildren (Taja is Tariq’s older sister – they are the children of Barbadian artist Denzil Mann)

Speaking at a prize-giving ceremony for the winners of the essay and poster competitions on the theme: Climate Change: The Human Health Impacts, Boyce praised the primary and secondary students for their clear understanding of the issues surrounding the theme and their articulation of possible solutions to the threats. (EDITORIAL NOTE – The Minister had no Q&A afterwards, a typical tactic now from a very scared Freundel Stuart regime which despises any independent media that demands accountability)

The Health Minister noted that there was increasing discussion on climate change in the international community, and a growing acceptance that it was not only associated with environmental issues but also with health issues.

Christopher Marshall and one of his winning posters with his very proud father

Christopher Marshall and one of his winning posters with his very proud father

He spoke of the need for Barbados to pay close attention to issues such as soil erosion and water scarcity, and he also addressed the students on the importance of keeping their communities clean and rodent-free.

Tori Nelle delivering her award winning essay, hope Boyce noted the kids didn't just complain what was wrong they offered solutions - it's up to us to act on those ideas!

Tori Belle delivering her award winning essay, hope Boyce noted the kids didn’t just complain what was wrong they offered solutions – it’s up to us to act on those ideas!

Mr. Boyce said the time had come for an intensified programme of debushing, and he called on landowners to be responsible in ensuring that their lots were regularly cleaned.

Cya Layne from Harrison College receives her $800.00 Art Hub voucher from Dr Karen Springer, she earned 2nd place in the poster category for Secondary Schoolchildren (Her picture has the lungs at top right corner)

Cya Layne from Harrison College receives her $800.00 Art Hub voucher from Dr Karen Springer, she earned 2nd place in the poster category for Secondary Schoolchildren

While acknowledging that Government had a role to play in the national clean-up and would continue to do its part, he however stressed that in tough economic times, there would be limitations, and it was important for every Barbadian to play a role in this regard.

The primary section of the competition was dominated by entries from the George Lamming Primary School, which took all five prizes in the essay and poster competitions. The first prize winner in the essay competition was Tori Belle, with Jordan Alleyne placing second. In the poster competition, first prize went to Christopher Marshall with Jada Carrington, second and Michelle Small, third.

In the secondary school category, the brother and sister team of Tariq and Taja Mann from The St. Michael School took the first and third prizes respectively in the poster competition. Placing second was Cya Layne of Harrison College.

The students all received cash vouchers donated by the Art Hub. (JS/BGIS)

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