The Eric Williams Memorial
P.O. Box 561631* Miami, Fl 33256-1631* USA Tel: 305-271-7246 Cell: 305-905-9999 Fax: 305-271-4160
Eric Williams Memorial Collection Sponsors 2009 Regional
'School Bags' Essay Competition
Port of Spain, TRINIDAD and TOBAGO (September 10, 2009) The Eric Williams
Memorial Collection (EWMC) at The University of the West
Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, announces the biennial "Eric Erica Williams Connell
Williams 'School Bags' Essay Competition." Email: ewmc6)ewmc-tt.orq
Since 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban
Revolution, Caribbean students are being asked to assess its successes and failures and to
comment on their relevance to today.
This year, the EWMC is partnering with UNESCO offices in Trinidad and Tobago;
Jamaica; Guyana; Grenada and the British Virgin Islands in encouraging eligible schools in those
countries to participate.
Throughout his life, Dr Eric Williams, noted scholar/historian and the first Prime
Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, gave special emphasis to learning. "To educate is to
emancipate," he famously said, and on August 30, 1962, the eve of his country's Independence
from Britain, he exhorted:
"You, the children, yours is the great responsibility to educate your parents, teach
them to live together in harmony... To your tender and loving hands, the future of
the Nation is entrusted. In your innocent hearts, the pride of the Nation is
enshrined. On your scholastic development, the salvation of the Nation is
dependent...you carry the future of Trinidad and Tobago in your school bags."
The contest is being offered to all final year Sixth Form students (or equivalent) in the
former and current British-colonized Caribbean countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas,
Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica,
Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago,
and Turks and Caicos. It will be held from September 2009 through January 31, 2010. Winners
will be announced on April 30, 2010.
The first prize winner will receive a four-day trip for two to Trinidad and Tobago with
airfare, hotel accommodations and two meals daily; a tour of The Eric Williams Memorial
Collection and University of the West Indies campus; a US $1000 educational voucher; courtesy
calls on the President of Trinidad and Tobago and the Speaker of the House of Representatives; a
tour of Parliament; a set of Eric Williams' books; a framed certificate and a 2010 African
American Black History Calendar. In the event of a Trinidad and Tobago winner, a trip to
Jamaica will be substituted.
The winning essay will also be published in CARICOM's Newsletter and the Miami
Herald Newspaper's online edition.
2007 Competition winners were: Dexnell Peters, Trinity College, Trinidad and Tobago
(First); Patrina Pink (Second) and Machela Osagboro (Third), both of Wolmer's School,
Patrons of the Eric Williams Memorial Collection's 'School Bags' Essay Competition
are: Caribbean Airlines, Ltd.; CARICOM; Digicel Trinidad & Tobago, Ltd.; Encyclopedia of
the Caribbean Professor John Garrigus; IOKTS Productions; Journal of African American
History; LIAT (1974) Ltd.; Miami-Dade County Public Schools System; Miami Herald
Newspaper; Trinidad Hilton; UNESCO.
The Eric Williams Memorial Collection constitutes the Research Library, Archives &
Museum of Eric Williams. It was inaugurated by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell in
1998, and named to UNESCO's prestigious Memory of the World Register in 1999.
For more information, please contact Erica Williams Connell, The Eric Williams
Memorial Collection P.O. Box 561631, Miami, FL 33256-1631, USA. Fax: (305) 271-4160;
Websites: www.ericwilliamsmemorialcollection.org; http://palmm.fcla.edu/eew/.