HRH Prince Harry greets some of the students at the Barbados Museum following a tour.

Princes Harry and Seeiso continued their visit to Barbados with a tour of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS), St. Ann’s Garrison this afternoon.????

The princes took the opportunity to visit one of the Museum’s newest exhibitions, the Charles A Robertson African Gallery, which was opened in 2004. The Gallery introduces visitors to the geography, history and heritage of Africa and explores that country’s legacy in the creation of the Caribbean.

They were joined on their tour by Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones; President of the BMHS, Dr. Trevor Carmichael; Director of the Museum, Alissandra Cummins and the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Barbados, Paul Brummell.

The Royal Highnesses also paused at the Museum’s upper courtyard to meet and greet students of Bay Primary, George Lamming and the Garrison Secondary Schools, the Nightingale and Sayes Court Childrens’ Homes, the Challenor School, and the Childrens’ Development Centre.

While there, they sampled cuisine prepared by 2009 Junior Challenge winners and Queen’s College students, Maegan Taylor and Stephanie Sayers and learned about the Junior Duelling Chefs Programme from local chef Peter Edey.

Following this presentation, Prince Harry and Seeiso met with several World War veterans and serving officers.

The children of Barbados also presented a gift to the princes, with a special entertainment package, which comprised dance, drama, poetry and singing.

Among the performers were the Haynesville Youth Club, Dancin’ Africa, Junior Calypso Monarch Finalist Ryanna Greene, NIFCA Award winner Dario Walrond, and the Arthur Smith Primary School.

Following the Museum tour, Prince Seeiso took the opportunity to explain some of his charity work, stating that the funds received would be put into one pool which would focus on the disabled, health care, education and vocational training.

He hoped that through this particular charity, persons would learn the requisite skills to become self sufficient, so that they would be "able to stand on their own two feet".

Prince Seeiso also indicated that those persons managing the various institutions needed to be properly trained as well.

"… We want to put proper systems in place and teach them responsibility.?? We want to equip them with the skills … we don’t just want to have people in the schools that are good hearted but we want them to have skills to care for those particular vulnerabilities.?? So this is how we wish to spend our money over the next ten years."

The visit will culminate with a Polo match tomorrow at Apes Hill, St. James and Princes Harry and Seeiso will leave the island on Monday, February 1, 2010.


Author: Andre Skeete/Theresa Blackman

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