Over 50 participants from the A Ganar programme are set to graduate this week.

The ceremony for the first cohort of that programme will be held on Wednesday, December 10, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, at 6:00 p.m.

The graduation class comprises students from four secondary schools, namely St. Leonard???s Boys???; Frederick Smith; Parkinson Memorial and Darryl Jordan Secondary, as well as the Barbados Vocational Training Board.

They will receive certificates and other prizes, including individual awards for Most Improved Participant/Youth from each implementing organisation.

Director of the Programme Coordinating Unit of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Paul Murphy, will deliver the feature address, which is expected to outline the programme???s success from inception till now.

Remarks will also come from Deputy Chief Education Officer, Karen Best; the Inter-American Development Bank???s Education Lead Specialist, Dr. Sabine Reible-Aubourg; Sports Development Officer from Partners of the Americas, Anna Barett; and Country Coordinator for A Ganar, Ytannia Wiggins.

A Ganar is a sports employability programme that uses the basic principles of football and other team sports to help youth develop life skills. Youth are also prepared for success in the workplace, based on the demands of the labour market.

Over the period September 2013 to August 2014, several students benefited from the programme, gaining skills that centred on the core values of self-improvement, communication, discipline, respect, teamwork and a focus on results. The time was split between the field and the classroom to cover a wide variety of activities, games and lessons.


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