Barbadians and visitors alike will be given the opportunity to learn more about the island???s heritage, when the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation hosts a bus tour of heritage sites on Sunday, October 25.

According to Deputy Chief Education Officer (Ag), Joy Adamson, the event aims to sensitise educators about the importance of heritage to national and personal development, and to equip teachers and principals with the knowledge to deliver and develop heritage-related programmes in schools.??Professional tour guides will accompany the group.

The bus tour departs from the Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael, at 2:00 p.m. and returns at 6:00 p.m. It will take participants to the Historic Garrison (The National Armoury, George Washington House and St. Ann???s Fort); Newton Burial Ground; St. Nicholas Abbey; St. John???s Church; Morgan Lewis Mill and Rock Hall Freedom Village.

It is a paid event ($40 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under) and interested persons may call Heather Edwards at 430-2931, or Ann Gail Ashby at 430-2755, for further information.

Heritage in the Classroom is an ongoing programme in the implementation of the Action Plan for Public Education and Awareness in the Management Plan for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. It has become a critical element in the public education and awareness programme of the Barbados World Heritage Committee.

Through collaboration with the Education Ministry and the History Department of the University of the West Indies, the programme was developed and implemented in 2012. It has resulted in the training of 80 teachers from private and public primary and secondary schools who teach social studies, history and geography. The programme continued in 2013 with the training of 25 principals.

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