Secondary schools will be ???well on their way??? to learning about the Commonwealth when they each receive a copy of the Commonwealth Exercise Book from the Barbados Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, this term.

Distribution of a set of these books will take place this Friday, April 25, in a brief ceremony at the Queen???s Park Steel Shed, beginning at 10:00 a.m.??The project is sponsored by the Canadian High Commission in Barbados.

In attendance at the event will be High Commissioner of Canada, Richard Hanley, Chairman of the Barbados Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Dame Maizie Barker-Welch and Third Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Commonwealth and Constitutional Affairs Subcommittee, Justice Sandra Mason and other council members.

Principals of public and private secondary schools, as well as two students from these institutions will receive the exercise books in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

The Commonwealth Exercise Book Scheme is designed to provide each child, attending a public or private, primary or secondary school in Barbados, with a free copy of the book. It also contains excerpts from the Commonwealth Charter, the words to the Barbados National Pledge and the National Anthem, multiplication tables as well as a poem that aids children in remembering the months of the year.

The Scheme was launched on Friday, November 29, 2013, at the Christ Church Foundation School in the presence of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, both former alumni of that school.

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