Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has identified the golden rule of “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you” and working together, as two key principles that all, including children, should live by.
Ms. Mottley expressed this view today as she paid a visit to the St. Stephen’s Nursery School, as part of its focus on nationhood and leaders, and spoke to the children about how to be better citizens of this country.
The Prime Minister said: “If you live by those two rules, you will get through life a lot better off than those who ignore those rules.”
She told the children that they should not engage in practices that they would not like for themselves. “If you want someone to be kind to you, then you need to be kind to each other.
“The reason that is the golden rule is that if we live by it with each other, … then everybody starts to live good together and you don’t get the anger and bad feelings that make you feel somebody is trying to unfair you…. Learning to live together in love and harmony is what will help to make you good Barbadian citizens,” she told the excited children.
Ms. Mottley noted that sometimes persons could not do certain things on their own, and needed help. She stressed that nothing was wrong with asking for that assistance.
“When we decide that we are going to work together,…what we could not do alone now becomes easy; hence we have the saying many hands make light work,” she explained.
Ms. Mottley encouraged the young ones to listen to, and obey their teachers, who loved them dearly.
At the end of her address, students Sariah Forde and Mechai King, made a presentation to Prime Minister Mottley.
Those attending the presentation included Acting Minister of Education, Technical and Vocational Training, Senator Lucille Moe; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Elder Affairs and People Empowerment, Neil Rowe; Principal Sonia Barker; and Senior Education Officer, Dr. Christina Morris.