Children from 85 schools across the island today received leadership badges, which Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley encouraged them to “wear with pride”.
Ms. Mottley, along with the Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw, Cabinet colleagues, other Members of Parliament, Senators and senior government officials made the presentations to the head boys and head girls, at the Wildey Gymnasium.
She said many children had already spoken to her and Minister Bradshaw about their strong desire to return to school.
“And we hear you, and we are going to start the conversations to see how best we can get you back into that regular place because school is not only about what you learn in textbooks or on the screens. School is also about your ability to learn, to mix with, play with, and be together with all of your friends….
“We want you to get back there as soon as possible. It is possible that we may have to put on some additional classes to make up the deficit and we may have to do that through 2021, as soon as it is safe and possible to do so,” she stated.
Ms. Mottley said leadership was important and not just at the level of Prime Minister, but at every level in society.
She told the children that they must have a moral compass which must guide them throughout their lives, regardless of where they live in the world.
She told her audience which included parents: “But in the meantime, I want you never to forget that your country is going to rely on you, not just when you become an adult, but all like now, because leadership is about doing the right thing, not just doing things right.”
During the near two-hour long ceremony, there were performances by Dominic Brathwaite and De Mighty Bit Bit.