Prime Minister Owen Arthur presents a copy of the publication “Shaping a Nation (Principals of Barbadian Schools 1900-1980)” to Mrs. Sybil Leacock, Principal of the Leacock Primary school,St. Peter.
“The tremendous role of many unsung heroes of providing the human capital for development has not been properly chronicled.”
Prime Minister Owen Arthur made this observation today at the launch of a new publication entitled Shaping a Nation, (Principals of Barbadian Schools 1900-1980) at the Hilton Barbados.
According to Mr. Arthur, with the exception of the works of “a few stalwart souls” the rich social history of this country was not being properly recorded or preserved.
“We have a tradition in this country where for example the perspective of our leaders who have been some of the greatest Caribbean leaders have never been recorded…We have a tremendous social history of achievement, it is all bound up in the work of not only teachers but our outstanding lawyers, our outstanding civil servants. They are great Barbadians who have given great service but again it is not properly recorded,” he noted.
The Prime Minister opined that the book which he commissioned four years ago and is authored by historian, Dr. Henderson Carter, and published by the Barbados Government Information Service, should be regarded as symbolic and was in recognition of the worth of persons who provided the intellectual upliftment of their charges.
He said the publication suitably honoured many of our secondary and primary school principals who need to be held up as role models in today’s world.