Barbados has received US$71 000 from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Participation Programme 2008/2009.
According to Secretary General of the Barbados National Commission, UNESCO, Harriet-Daisley, “the programme provided funding for three local projects which will benefit Barbados”. Explaining that the Participation Programme was “open to all UNESCO member states”, Ms. Daisley pointed out that Barbados submitted 10 projects in the 2008/2009 programme and had so far received funding for three of them.
“Barbados usually performs well in the programme…we are however aiming to improve the standard of our submissions for the 2010/2011 programme,” she noted.
Projects awarded in the 2008/2009 programme are: The Ministry of Tourism’s Barbados Slave Route Signage Project, which received US $25 000; the Coastal Zone Management Unit‘s scheme project entitled ‘Estimating the Water Resource Value and Ecological Implications of Ground Water Discharge to the Ocean in a Small Island Developing State’, recipient of US $20 000, as well as a US $26 000 award for Kevin Farmer’s work, ‘Developing an Understanding of Historic, Local Ceramics’.
The Barbados Slave Route Signage Project involves the identification and commemoration of sites and places of memory throughout Barbados, which are related to slavery and the slave trade. Meanwhile, the progromme entitled ‘Estimating the Water Resource Value and Ecological Implications of Ground Water Discharge to the Ocean in a Small Island Developing State’, is aimed at quantifying the magnitude and water quality of ground water seepage into the Graeme Hall Swamp Wetland and adjacent coastal waters of Barbados.
Mr. Farmer’s venture project entitled ‘Developing an Understanding of Historic, Local Ceramic’s will see him being trained as a professional archaeologist who would assist the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and the island in preserving and interpreting the history of the island, especially in the area of historic settlements and the use and distribution of locally-made ceramics.