Over 140 participants from the A Ganar programme are set to graduate on Saturday, November 21.

The ceremony for the second cohort of that programme will be held at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Needhams Point, St. Michael, at 5:00 p.m.

Students from seven secondary schools and two vocational institutions will be among the graduands.

The schools are St. George Secondary, Princess Margaret Secondary, St. Leonard???s Boys???, Frederick Smith, Parkinson Memorial, Daryll Jordan and the Government Industrial School. The others institutions are the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and the Barbados Vocational Training Board.

This year, students will receive their Employability certificate from A Ganar and also a technical certificate from the various partners who assisted the programme. These include the PomMarine Hotel and Digital Film Media of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.??There will also be individual awards for Most Improved Participant/Youth from each implementing organisation.

Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, as well as the Education Lead Specialist with the Inter-American Development Bank, Dr. Sabine Reible-Aubourg, will address the ceremony. Barbados??? Country Coordinator for A Ganar, Ytannia Wiggins, will also make a presentation.

A Ganar, which is the Spanish for ???to win??? or ???to earn???, is an innovative programme that uses the basic principles of football and other team sports to help youth develop life skills and prepare them for success in the workplace, based on the demands of the labour market.

Between September 2014 and August 2015, several students benefited from the programme, gaining skills that centred on the core values of self-improvement, communication, discipline, respect, teamwork, and focused on results.

The time was split between the field and the classroom to cover a wide variety of activities, games and lessons. Courses offered in partnership with other organisations were food and beverage service, basic professional cookery, barbering, computer applications, cosmetology, masonry and agriculture.??


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