SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 www.stlucia.gov.lc LAUNCH OF ST JUDE HOSPITAL RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT The Gov ernment of Saint Lucia launched the St Jude Reconstruction Project earlier this week during a ceremony held at the original site of the St Jude Hospital on Thursday, September 9th, 2010. This development comes as we commemorate the anniversary of the dev9th, 2009, which rendered the hospital dysfunctional. Following months of deliberations and consideration of various options, the Government has decided on a well thought out and forward looking plan, which gives consideration to the current challenges and futuristic demands. Government along with all patriotic Saint Lucians can now celebrate the commencement of work that will see the St Jude Hospital fully functional within the next eighteen (18) months at its original location. The hospital which has a long history is a key component of the national health development plan. The history of St Jude Hospital makes a very interesting story. Hogarth Belizaire was asked by Sister Irma to accompany them to visit an abandoned United States military hospital. The Government of St. Lucia led by then Chief Minister John Compton agreed to allow the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to develop and manage what eventually became known as Patron Saint of Lost Causes.On the 5th of September 1966, St. Jude Hospital was formally opened by Sister Irma and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother on behalf of the Catholic Church Charity hospital, giving care at no charge. In 1992 the St. Jude Hospital was handed over the Government of St. Lucia ending over two decades of management under the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother who through their network of hospitals, medical professionals and philanthropists made St. Jude a top rate hospital. St. Jude since then has to partnering with individuals and entities in providing the best quality health care services that are accessible, holistic and client focused. The hospital values that these services will contribute to improved quality of life for our citizens and result in greater productivity and development so that continuous improvements can be maintained. Jude Hospital operated at its maximum as a 110 bed hospital. The numbers of beds were reduced over the years to 88 as a result of a of new specialty services being The vision of the hospital was established as follows: dently managed centre for medical excellence, that is patient friendly and contributing to the national development by maintaining the health and well-being of all citizens. The mission of the institution reads: To Promote, Restore and Maintain the health of all patients by providing quality, services through a cadre of abling environment.Continued on page 2
Page 2 Saturday September 11, 2010 Time has passed by so quickly. The end of school year holidays are over and it is back to school for the new academic year 2010-2011. As we welcome all our Ministry of Educastudents to this new academic that the school atmosphere ought to be formal, and conducive to teaching and learning. Teachers and students must co-exist in an environment where pastoral care is critical. fect been the actual foundation phase within the education system. Presently, Primary School is, a gateway to Secondary School, since the introduction of Univer sal Secondary Education (USE). at the Primary School level, and thereby the fragility of the foundation set for our children. been the problems of Illiteracy and Numeracy. Some students complete Grade 6 without being able to read, write, compute or use problem solving skills. The The common Entrance Examination provides much evidence of this. Some students are known to score 0 both in summarizing and problems solving. We also get Back to School Welcome Message from Minister of Education Honourable Arsene Jamesconstant complaints from some Secondary School Principals and teachers, that certain students enter the Secondary School system only able to read and write at the Grade 1 level. These problems need to be addressed urgently in order to limit of high dropout rates; high incidences of low self esteem, morale and indiscipline; high turn-over of low or non-skilled achievers who would degenerate into poor and non-productive citizens of society. king the problem the problems of illiteracy and innumeracy with a two-prong approach. The problems must be addressed at the Primary School level and Secondary School level simultaneously. The Ministry of Education and Culture will be engaging all major stakeholders on the need for retention of students at the Primary School if they do to be promoted to Secondary Schools. This is to ensure that every child can maximize the educational opportunity provided. The time is fast approaching for Government to consider the provision of Universal Early Childhood Education. These are the formative years of childrens education and we should seize this opportunity to mould and nurture them positively for life within our society. There is also a trend where there are lowering registration levels. The school population is dwindling. There are several Primary Schools with low enrolment and there are two Secondary Schools where there are no Form One students thereby resulting in ing with all major stakeholders including the SLTU once the data has been gathered and the trends have established. strategic direction for a smooth transition for the re-opening of school. We maintain that The single greatest determinant of learning is not socio-economic factors or funding levels, it is instruction (Shcmoker, 2006). The strategic focus for the academic year 2010/11 should include, among other factors: increased supervision, proper entiated teaching approach, remediation for struggling students, a learner centred environment and a deliberate emphasis on improving student performance. Hence, for this new academic year, the one and only commandment is high performance. We at the Ministry of Education have put the necessary measures to in place to make this happen. have been distributed throughout our schools. There was orientation for new Principals and Vice Principals. There were sessions with school Principals and Ministry offound. At those meetings other concerns such as meeting to share best practices were taken into consideration as well. The sessions were held in order to help chart the way forward and eliminate some of the barriers to the teaching/learning process. The Ministry of Education has met with all Principals and Vice Principals of Secondary Schools and there is general consensus that the school istry will continue to dialogue with the St Lucia Teachers Union and the National Principals Association on the way forward for the education system. take the opportunity to wish all our Principals, Teachers and back to school and success for the academic year 2010/2011. I teaching/learning process begins promptly. I wish to encourage all students to continue to work hard for improved success and high standards throughout the school year. I also ask for the support of all principals, teachers, parents/ guardians and other major stakeholders within the Education system. We reiterate the words of our Nobel Laureate that the fundamental cure to poverty is not money but education.Hon. Arsene James Minister for Education & Culture On September 9th, 2009 the St. Jude Hospital located in Augier, At that time the Hospital which operated as a ninety-seven (97) bed major referral Hospital on the island was rendered non-functional. and the operating theatres of an already aging plant. This resulted in termination to services in the south the unfortunate loss of 3 lives.pital provided a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, ancillary and outreach care, including: Medical, Surgical, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dental Care, Nutrition, Internal medicine, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Urology, Emer gency medical Service, Surgery and General Outpatient Services. Ancillary Services : X-ray, LABS, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. components of an already aged facility, the Government of Saint Lucia has taken a policy decision to reconstruct the Saint Jude Hospital. This is necessary in order to restore the capacity of the southern region to facilitate the healthcare needs of the population in the South as well as clients from the north which includes almost 66,000 patrons. Reconstruction Project is to rebuild St. Jude Hospital to reinstate the core and ancillary health services This will also be in keeping with the Governments health sector objectives and as such expanded where necessary. Jude Reconstruction Project is conceptualized in two phases. This includes: (a) Short Term / Temporary Accommodation for St. Jude Hospital at the Original Location; and (b) Medium Term / Per manent Facility of St. Jude Hospital on a New Site in the vicinity of the Proposed Site for National Univer sity in Vieux Fort. The intention is for these two components of the project to be implemented simultaneously. construction of the surgical building on the old site as well as the renovation of the other two (2) buildings. The facilities will be made fully functional to allow St. Jude Hospital to relocate from the George Odlum Stadium and oper ate until the new facility is built on the new site. Upon relocation of St. Jude Hospital to the new facility, the old site buildings will be developed as a Medical Research Facility or other medically related use. ponent, this will entail the planning, design & construction of a new 90 bed health care facility for St. Jude Hospital at the new site. This modern, state of the art health care facility will be designed and constructed as a Tropical Sustainable multi purpose Hospital. The design is expected to produce an facility according to modern day requirements but building on the solid foundation of St. Jude Hospital. St. Jude Hospital has charted a legacy of volunteerism and partnerships geared towards superior healthcare for the community as well as the country in general. Old partnerships will be fostered and New partnerships will also be developed. St. Jude Hospital will be more than just buildings. It will be a modern health care experience incorporating as well aspects of healthcare tourism. feature the following: Modern Health Care Infrastructure; InHealth Care Services; Specialized medical care for St. Lucia and the region; Tropical Sustainable design incorporating principles of : Ener and Sustainable Environmental Management; Teaching hospital to facilitate training of health care professionals. National Vision Plan recently approved the National Vision Plan which charts out the future development of the island. This National Vision Plan is a framework through which the entire island can share in a common vision, positioning Saint Lucia at the economic and social heart of the Windward Islands. development of St. Jude Hospital aligns itself seamlessly with the National Vision for the south. This vision includes developments in tourism, education, industry. The Frontier is no doubt well placed to receive the New St. Jude Hospital Health Care Facility catering for St. Lucians as well as our Caribbean Family. During that eventful night of September 9th, 2009, Prime Minister Stephenson King boldly proclaimed: Out of the Ashes a Phoenix will Rise. construction Project will signal the emergence of that phoenix which the hopes and expectations of the many Saint Lucians and in particular the people of the south who hold St Jude Hospital so dearly to their hearts. This love and hope has September 9th, 2009 by the outpouring of donations and goodwill from community organizations, the private sector, individuals, friendly Governments and numerous other sources. the knowledge that the reconstruction of St Jude will begin in earnest and that Prime Minister Kings through the rise of the Phoenix of St Jude Hospital from the ashes of Launch of St Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project
Page 3 Saturday September 11, 2010 The overall pass rate for the 2010 CSEC examinations was 73.83. This represented a minimal increase over the 2009 per formance. Some schools, however, For example, Gros Islet Secondary recorded a pass rate of 64.10 compared to 45.71 in 2009; and Marigot secondary from 33.33 in 2009 to 53.49 in 2010. Other high performing schools include St. Josephs Convent (98.83), St. Marys College (94.96), Leon Hess Comprehensive (92.02) Castries Comprehensive (87.13), Vieux Fort Comprehensive (86.29), Ciceron Secondary (85.77), Corinth Secondary (76.90), Entrepot Secondary (76.33) and Babonneau Secondary (67.97).Ministry of Education Expresses Concerns over the 2010 pass rate, namely Home Economics Management and Theatre Arts. All other subjects with the exceppass rate Despite these positives there are three areas of major concern:(1) The small number of entries in the technical/vocational areas The technical areas (Agricultur al Science, Clothing & Textiles, Food & Nutrition, Home Economics Management,Technical Drawing, Information Technology, Building Technology, Electrical and Electronic Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology) registered entries. The pass rate for these the total entries and Creative the total entries. Given that the thrust globally towards the combination of traditional and technical subjects to increase marketability and to maintain a competitive advantage, there ought to be an emphasis on increasing the number of entries in those areas.(2) The small number of students subjects including Mathematics and English Language Out of 2737 candidates who wrote the examinations only ematics and English Language. This means that only 795 or on immediately into the work place or institutions of higher learning. Most jobs require that applicants possess passes in both Mathematics and English Language and matriculation for higher/tertiary education requires same. It is therefore our students graduated in 2010 and 5 at Secondary) of schooling without passes in at least 5 subjects including Mathematics and English Language. (3) The quality of passes Whilst an overall pass rate of 73.83 appears to be fairly satisfactory, it should be noted that the per centage of Grade 1s is the lowest. Grade III passes account this opportunity to congratulate all Principals, Parents, Guardians and Teachers of students as well as the students who excelled in this years examinations. The Ministry will continue to provide the necessary leadership and creative outlook in partnering with all major stakeholders towards the realization of excellence. We look forward to the active participation of all towards ensuring improved results in the ensuing period.
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Page 5 Saturday September 11, 2010 Feature Charlin Bodley was born on the 27th of March 1984 and raised by her mother Veronica Bodley Hyacinth, whom she credits for her achievements and success Mother's role Charlin notes: I owe my achievements to the guidance, I guess its true what singing Sandra sang Dem woman stronger than a wall. In relating the indelible role which her Mother played in nurtur ing her, she stated: I dont under stand how my Mother was able to do so much with just two hands. In recounting her life journey to date, she explains having numer ous pacts with her mother including the replacement of her rusty BMX trainer wheeled bike in exchange for an improvement from her drop from 4th to 13th place. At the age of 9, she took up the challenge and placed 2nd, thereby earning herself a brand new 5 speed bike. That early incentive served as a key factor in her being continuously motivated towards common entrance exam in 1996 she ed the St. Josephs Convent as was her wish. She received a scholarship from the C.S.A for the 5 year period of her Secondary School education. The encouragement from her mother was not always manifested in pacts, but also with frequent inspirational lectures about the future and the ultimate importance of eduown lifes challenges. Charlin has a passion for Photography which she hopes to pursue as an appendage to her professional career. Her involvement in the Arts gives insights into her well-rounded development as a young lady. This is a dimension which can only ensure holistic development of the individual. She was a member of the St. Lucia School of Ballet for 6 years, and then danced with Les Enfants Dance Group. During that period she deloupe. In 2001, she participated in the St. Josephs Convent Carnival runner up and also received the best talent award. As a student at the St. Lucia School of Music for 4 years, she played the steel pan as her main instrument and succeeded in music at the CXC level. As she recalls I played with the SJC Steel Orchestra for many years, and served as captain of the same band for at least 2 years. I also played with the North Stars Steel Orchestra, and the Pan Time Steel Orchestra, during which time I served on sevdrama club at SJC. I served as P.R.O for Circle K (Junior Kiwanis) at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and formed part of a contingent group which represented Saint Lucia in an annual regional conference for the entire Caribbean district. I became actively involved in cheerleading at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, as a choreographer. tion in the Arts served her in good stead during University years in Mexico where she served as a coteacher of a Caribbean Dance Class. This opportunity further helped to augment and her passion and love for the discipline of dance. Charlin sees dance as a great avenue to express ones self positively. Her deeper passion and love for pations of both her parents and had a great impact with respects to her mental conservation. Charlin notes: I love and excelled at the science as foreign languages and information technology. As a result of my perfor mance I received a scholarship from the Civil Service Credit Union to pur sue further studies at the sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Ms. Bodley Jr. has a love for shar ing knowledge and information and sees herself as a candle which consumes itself to light the way for others. It was not at all surprising therefore when she embraced the vocation of teaching as a temporary science teacher at the Entrepot Secondary School, for two years. Having applied to the University of the West Indies to pursue studies in Civil and Environmental Engineer ing, there was deep contemplation on nonetheless always mindful that the Lord works in fascinating and mysterious ways and kept her candle of faith burning. Eventually a door opened to Ms. Bodley through a scholarship advertised by the Ministry of Education in the area of Environmental Engineering. As Charlin recalls, My prayers were answered. My strong belief in God has proven yet again that everything good, comes through the Almighty. I was accepted through the Ministry of Education and Mexican Government along with twenty one (21) other St. Lucian students to pursue studies in Mexico. The element of spirituality has played a vital role in Charlins per sonal development to date. Ms. Bodley explains that it was her faith in the God and the love and support of her mother that kept her focused Mexico. Although there were numer ous challenges with some of the living conditions the Saint Lucian stuovercoming the numerous problems they encountered. She laments, We went to Mexico under the impression that we would be able to choose a suitable University out of hundreds. We soon discovered that this was far from the truth. We had to get additional from our families to undertake tutorials in Universal and Mexican History, and soon realized that we were on accepted into an educational institution. The competitive reality which Char lin had to contend with in Mexico is explained by the fact that she and other Saint Lucian students had to par ticipate in entry exams for the best Universities, along with tens of thousands of Mexican nationals with no special exams prepared for foreign students. Charlin recalls that in 2006, she and four (4) other St. Lucian nationals, sat entrance exams for the Autonomy Metropolitan University (Universidad Atonoma Metropolitana) and were included along with 18, 124 Mexican nationals who also wrote the exam. They succeeded in being among the 4, 471 students versity. The costs of these exams were not catered by her family. Apart from the alarming news that Charlin along with her Saint Lucian colleagues had to compete with Mexican nationals in also faced with the challenge of time constraints in gaining acceptance. With over 300 Universities in Mxico and with the time constraint Charlin had just one option, in relation to Environmental Engineering. Through constant studying, and perseverance, and against the odds, Charlin began her four (4) year programme to gain a bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering. In order to maintain the scholar ship, she was required to maintain an average of 8.5 and above out of ten. She explained, The thought of reaching so far and failing, scared me, so I strived and put my best foot forward. She was able to maintain trimesters. This performance was no Charlin recalls that Mexico turned out to be a serious culture shock with which she had to struggle whilst facing the challenge of her studies. She securing living quarters and had to contend with dishonest landlords, and over priced living arrangements. She remembers sharing a room and a bed with two (2) other compatriots, they were required to pay a price that they later learned could have earned them an almost luxurious apartment straints surfaced throughout the 5 years period in Mexico, which had to from her family. One example is the US $200 fee for renewal of student visas annually. In one graphic account, she recalls being held up with a weapon and her bag with valuable belongings being taken away. I remember running home to call my mom, as I felt helpless, and with no option other than to return to St. Lucia, however, through strength, determination, endurance and my mothers unconditional love and support, I stayed on and got to know Mxico, and I started seeing its beauty. Such experiences went a long way towards strengthening her resolve and brought her head on to the realization that the true measure of an individual is not where he or she lies in the time of comfort and luxury, but where one stands in adversity. Ms. Bodley points out that she was very fortunate at her University to meet among the worlds best Professors who saw her through. They were always impressed and somewhat amazed by my determination and keen interest in going the extra mile, and generally my ability to produce. Through her hard work, Charlin was able to secure numerous awards for outstanding achievements and excellence. These include: Award of excellence presented by the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering for the academic year 2006; Award of excellence presented by the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering for the academic year 2007; Award of excellence presented by the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering for the academic year 2008; Award of excellence presented by Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana, for acathe degree program in Environmental Engineering; Award of excellence presented by Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana, for academic excellence in the second year of the degree program in Environmental Engineer ing; Award of excellence presented by Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana, for academic excellence in the third year of the degree program in Environmental Engineering and Award of excellence presented by the Chancellor of Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana, for the highest average in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Division. plary performances. Charlin has been invited to an award ceremony to be held in November 2010, at her school, where she will be awarded a gold medal for graduating as the top with the highest average. Ms. Bodley assures, I am proud of my achieveit entailed, and knowing how much where I am today. First Class Honours, from the Autonomy Metropolitan University (Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana) in the area of Environmental Engineering. Her initiative and perseverance has resulted in many oppor tunities for her to work closely with her lecturers of that university, thus receiving insight and experience in areas dealing with the environment, whenever the opportunity presented itself. She participated in a number of related projects, on a voluntary basis, as a student of her university. gramme, Ms. Bodley completed an internship period with the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, (CEHI), as part of the IWCAM project, where she was able to gain valutra curricula activities and through group work throughout her Univer sity life, she has shown leadership qualities, and most importantly, ease and willingness to be a team player. Her experience in Mexico City as a young student, has in part prepared her for the challenges of her profesency in Spanish has also made her global village. The Government of Saint Lucia proudly salutes this outstanding young Saint Lucian who has succeeded against many odds and tremendous challenges. It is hoped that the achievements of this exceptional young Saint Lucian provides a success story that can serve as a motivating factor and inspiration for other young Saint Lucians to excel to new heights of outstanding achievements.
Sesenne with Marylene Gaston Page 7 Saturday September 11, 2010 Page 6 Saturday September 11, 2010 BEM award 1972 Charles Cadet, Eddie Gaston,Sesenne Descartes, Denis Descartes, Clement Springer. Sesenne Descartes, October 1966 Sesenne Descartes, with Paba Sesenne Descartes (left), group, Expo 69 Sesenne, 1985 Fond Assau The Queen at Rest Mon Repos La Rose Group paying tribute Hon Derek walcott pays tribute with his poem Home Coming La Woz chantwelle Sesenne Descartes Sessene Descartes, 2000 Credits: Cecile Fevrier, Malon Leonce and Robert Lee Family, Friends and Members of the Public at Funeral Service Musical Tribute at Funeral Service Children viewing the Queen Prime Minister & Wife Paying Respect Sesenne with children Members of Government Stand in line as the Flag Drapped Casket of Sesenne is carried out of Church
Page 8 Saturday September 11, 2010 CLR James, one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century, a Caribbean intellectual and writer, has long posited the view in his book Bewhat happened inside the "Boundyond it, as well as the converse. beyond the boundary into all aspects of life such as self determination, resilience; character, motivation etc and even became a sort of civil rights struggle. Through the game, West Indians fought for democracy and social justice. Sir Vivian Richards, former West Indies captain and one of the worlds cricket is in itself a political action. evolved out of the sole objective to develop the talents of young cricketers and produce more West Indies cricketers from St. Lucia. When the cricket academy started 10 years ago there was no Beausejour Cricket Ground. It was launched at the Gros Islet playing week period on weekend only. and coach the young cricketers. emy became a two-week intense training camp, honing the skills of the cricketers from all over the island. The two week initiative every year provides young Saint Lucians with the opportunity to be coached by West Indies Cricket legends and some of the best coaches on young people learn relevant life skills to take them forward. Life skills include: Healthy Life styles, coping with success, playing the game at the highest level, how to do an interview with the press, History of West Indies cricket, sportsmanship etc. dation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports EC$60,000. Mindful that there is no other organized academy on the island, the Santhe premier development program on the island if not the OECS region. Both Sandals and the Ministhe development of the game and the academy as a tool in which to do so. secondary school cricket program and prepares the National Under 15 Cricket Team for the annual Windward Islands competition. Using cricketers who have played at the highest level and arguably one of the best team the world has ever seen is a tremendous boost to the coaching and interest on the students. Its strong focus on personal development of the player is also of much value, especially in an era when the West Indies team seems unable to apply the wealth of talent thats available to produce victories. No doubt the value of the Sanbe described as immeasurable in terms of its contribution to the nurturing of young talent. This investment by Sandals has no doubt resulted in tangible result mindful considering the recent 15 and Under 19 Cricket teams which won the Windward Islands Cricket Championships in years of being on the losing end. through the program and several have played for St. Lucia and the Windward Islands at all levels. Lucias premier cricket develthree hundred young cricketers to some of the greatest names in West Indies Cricket, the Sangustine Logie were on the line up of coaches this year joining a long list of their colleagues. In previous years cricket greats like Gordon Greenidge, Desmond coached or lectured at the annual cricket clinic. Sandals Halcyons General Manproud of the accomplishments of the academy over the years and the 10-year milestone represents his companys commitment of the development of young people in the Caribbean. When you think of the accomplishments of people like Dalton Polius who was included in the West Indies under-19 proviplaying professionally in England know that we have done the right thing, notes Dupal. The General Manager said that the academy must also be credited for the recent success of the national Under-15 and Under-19 teams in the Windward Islands Cricket Competitions, in addition to the development of dozens of Cricketers who now play for St. Lucia and the Windward islands at all levels. ents are supported by Keith Charlery, who has been the head coach of the development clinic from its inception. Charlery been a tremendous boost to cricket on the island. Its the only opportunity that our young cricketers have to rub shoulders with legends of the game. Whenever this happens it creates a remarkable impact on one day internationals for the West Indies, score version of the game, was on hand to coach at the 10th annual Sandals jour Cricket Ground. elated about his involvement in relation to the academy this year. Logie noted, I have worked with young people my whole life and so when I was invited to be part was really in keeping with my passion. I have worked with a number of young people in the Windward Islands like Darren Sammy, Devon Lucia, added Logie. Regarded as an outstanding West Indies team, Logie, conducted ers, and also facilitated a workshop dubbed Building Champions. Regional Director for Sandals Resorts International, Jeremy Jones believes that Logies presence was invaluable to the students of the Logie is certainly one of the leading coaches in the region and will certainly aid the development of our young cricketers as well as our coaches from St. Lucia. He would have learnt a lot coaching the West Indies senior team, Trinidad, Bermuda and other high-proupon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. It is a result of three decades of dedication focused on playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where Sandals operate across the Caribfunds projects in three core areas: Education, Community Development and the Environment. One Hundred percent of the monies contributed by the general public Caribbean community. Hon. Lenard Spider Montoute hails the contribution of Sandals in sports particularly cricket, as a develop and enhance the skills and talents of many Saint Lucian sports men and help catapult them to great prominence. He added that We must produce more Daren Sammys and Levern Spencers serves as a vital vehicle to allow us to achieve this. gramme and vowed to make the best use of the skills and techGovernment salutes Sandals for its philanthropy and its investment in the youth of our nation through the years. Sandals Cricket AcademyFormer West Indies middle order batsman, Augustine Logie teaches the art of gripping the bat at the 10th annual Sandals Cricket Academy
Page 9 Saturday September 11, 2010 The Government of Saint Lucia is fully aware of both the limitations and challenges posed by global competition, at ment action is constrained due to a decline in government revenue. Coupled with that fact, the private competing in domestic and inter national markets. appreciation for the fact that national prosperity is created, not inherited. In conjunction with a country's natural endowments, its nations competitiveness depends on the capacity of its industry to innovate and upgrade. Saint Lucia is a small island developing state which must respond to and function within a fast changing global economy: characterized by the erosion of preferential trade arrangements; dwindling aid; increased competition for foreign direct investment and donor fatigue. This means that use of already limited resources. ment of Saint Lucia has initiated the establishment of a National Competitiveness and Productivwith its goal of ensuring the efand increase levels of productivity thereby enhancing national competitiveness and ultimately providing greater economic opportunity at all levels. The National Competitiveness is engineered to assist greatly in tion and reward schemes, estabproductivity and engender a more meritocratic system for hiring, tiveness depends largely on the ergies. We must seek to enhance the nations competitive advantage with a renewed focus and determination, by creating high national values and revamping economic structures and institutions. Ultimately, nations succeed in par ticular industries because their home environment is facilitating, forward-looking and dynamic. on the establishment of a National Competitiveness and Productivity Council was commissioned by National Insurance Corporations Conference Center. Government embarks on the Establishment of a National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC)representatives from the Public and Private Sectors, Trade Unions, the Chamber of Commerce and Civil Society. The proceedings began with opening remarks by Per the Government of Saint Lucia readopting the necessary machinery ity in the economy. He remained guarded that notwithstanding an immediate response to a crisis, the long term plans of the country remain a key priority. He reiterated the value of ensuring productivity remains at the forefront of the national agenda. Productivity he said, does not come about by accident but certainly as a result cellence, intelligent planning and Chastanet who delivered remarks in place of Prime Minister, Honor able Stephenson King, pointed out that Saint Lucia will only achieve and sustain real growth through planning, in which we must fer vently believe, and upon which reminded the audience that there is absolutely no other route to sustained growth, an absolute necessity to our continued success. Barbados Productivity Council, Mr. John Pilgrim also addressed the gathering along with representatives from the Employers sues which informed the debate and discussion include: 1. The challenges plaguing the public and private sectors with respect to productivity. be pursued / implemented to enhance productivity in the society and structure for the Council. y challenges inGovernment policies, procedures and processes; a mismatch between Government priorities, education curriculum and market demands; limited access to certijob; absence of an entrepreneurial culture; absence of clearly articulated national medium to long term goals and unethical behavior and corruption. were the: 1. Lack of productivity measurements tools and methodologies across sectors mance-based criteria in the public service (performance evaluations / security of 4. Lack of synergy within the public service (Duplication of 5. Lack of appreciation felt by workers / absence of appropriate recognition system for good performers. pats (negatively impacts per change management ning institutions 9. Institutional rigidities (within agement 11. Reluctance to work in par ticular sectors (agriculture shortage of labour causing inand communication within and among ministries. anisms (thus impacting on ina. Poor human resource management: hiring practices and performance management 14. Poor time management and absenteeism troducing new technology 16. Cultural stagnation edge on productivity itself, along with understanding of the interrelatedness among productivity, national competitiveness and personal wealth or wellbeing eral key recommendations which can go a long way in addressing some of the challenges previously highlighted. They include: 1. Develop a culture of planning tional consensus on St. Lucias future with a view to deter mining government national goals and alignment with training priorities. system (curriculum innova4. Develop productivity measurement models tools and methodologies 5. Develop and implement appropriate reward, incentive and recognition system 6. Eliminate duplication, waste etc formation Systems and new technology (in day to day activities, government processes mation storing and retrieval 9. Institute mechanisms that facilitate greater communication, information and knowlamong agencies. 11. Sensitize and educate employers and the public on stimulating higher levels of productivity and competitiveness lic service commission (to give direct supervisors and management more control over man Resource Management production 14. Institute more government incentives to facilitate the introduction of technologies along pertise. 15. Initiate public service reform 16. Engender an environment that facilitates a cultural broad inclusion that embraces the key national stakeholders. These include Independent Board of Directors, Multi-sectoral (multipar Workers Representatives, Trade Youth. The consultation sought to gallishing a National Competitiveness Perhaps the greatest success thus far has been the coming together of representatives from the variunions, employers associations and civil society to deliberate on national productivity. future consultations will be held North, South, East and West of the island encompassing all sectors, to ensure multiple perspectives and representation. the NCPC to be successful some fundamental adjustments must be made, which include: way the society views work concepts such as productivity and national competitiveness will to implement changes in the public sector (processes, encourage and engender positive behavioural changes (a civic revolution that will insociety to the overarching developmental goals of the society and sources to implement the necessary reforms level of enthusiasm and dedication to the establishment of the Council. Representatives of the various organizations, civil socicharged with birthing the Council. It is anticipated that Cabinet will soon approve the composiand facilitate the continuance of recent initiative is policies which will guarantee our survival, since our nations prosperity depends on its competitiveness; a large function of productivity. Our strategy must include the pursuit of sound macro-economic policies, ensuring a stable political environment and legal and regulatory institutions all of which are critical to ensur ing that our economy remains buoyant and can realize increased levels of economic growth and development. er information on the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council, please conGovernment of Saint Lucia, Cor Centre, Bridge Street, Castries, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday September 11, 2010 Page 10 The main objective of the Rehabilitation Programme of the Bordelais Correcmates by providing them with a compendium of skills and education with a view to enhance their chances of contributing to their economic and social wellprogrammes in place at the Bor all geared towards the rehabilitation of inmates with a view to making them productive members of society through the transformation of the total mindset from realization and acceptance of the negativity to a state of reformation through the process of counseling, educational development and employable skills. The goal of Rehabilitation, which is the underlying philosophical outlook of the Institution is therefore sustained by three major programme departments, namely: Education, Skills Development and Counseling. EducationEducation is an integral part of the rehabilitation programme of ity. The education unit became with responsibility for the education of inmates as it seeks to meet the diverse educational needs of inmates through the provision whereby inmates can successful ly re-integrate into individuals/ citizens. concerns, are most important to the success of the education unit which encourages a working environment based upon the belief that imprisonment, though should not bring with it additional deprivation of civil rights, which includes education. Moreover, the unit not only discourages physical and mental deterioration of inmates, but also seeks to provide them with opportunities to change and develop. The eduInternational Covenant on Civil Upholding the Vision for Rehabilitation Bordelais Correctional Facility comprise treatment of prisoners the essential aim of which shall be their reformation and social rehabilitation. The Curriculum National Enrichment Learning Programme (NELP) Lower level education is geared towards National En richment and learnMinistry of Education and culture. The curriculum focuses mainly on basic literacy and numeracy. This level of education focuses on inmates who have had no schooling to those who have amination Council (CXC) Inmates who have successfully completed basic level education at the Institution, and secondary education prior to incarceration, have the opportunity to enroll in CXC and tertiary level fore caters to the diverse needs of inmates intermediate level ogy, Mathematics, English Language, Principles of Business and culture. Current enrollment mates are currently enrolled in the education programme at the rolled in the CXC programme the basic level programme.Skills Training IndustriesThe main objective of the Industries Unit is to empower inmates by providing them with a compendium of skills from which view to enhance their chances of contributing to their economic and social well-being. Currently the unit has ture, Carpentry and Joinery and Tailoring/Sewing. Volunteers provided training in the areas of Small Engine Repair and Electritraining programmes, inmates are hired as apprentices in each of the programmes. Agriculture of production. The objectives of to reduce revenue and train inmates in agriculture through the adoption of improved and appropriate techno-logy with a view to engaging in agricultural production upon the release. Crop Production of crops are grown to gener ate revenue and for use in the preparation of meals for inmates. The current markets for the produce are Consolidated and the general public. The following crops are grown root crops (sweet potato, cassava, sweet pepper, cucumber, ochro, eggplant, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, spinfruits (watermelon, cantaloupe, carambola, cherry, citrus, avobananas, plantain, macambou, sorrel, yams and herbs (chives, celery, parsley, celery, rosem Sweet Potato Watermelon Freshly Harvested Cabbage
Page 11 Saturday September 11, 2010 Lucia provided funding for the houses. Through this project, the will promote the modernization of agriculture through the adoption of improved and appropriate technology. Livestock Through Livestock production, inmates are trained in the management of: i. Pigs currently, tto accommodate a 10-sow unit. The production of pork is for revenue generation. terprise, a biogas system is currently being constructed with the primary purpose of providing fuel for the preparation of meals. ii. Poultry (broile commissioned. This unit has the capacity for houswill be used as manure in fertility. iii. Bee-keeping this programme entails the estabCarpentry & Joinery Inmates are employed as apprentices where they assist in the production of household furniture such as beds, cupboards, dressers, wardrobes etc. Game-boards and sculptors are also produced. These inmates provide the labour for the construction of many projects at the facility chicken pen, pig pen, and all other minor woodwork ture Project with the Ministry of Education where furniture is repaired for the schools in the south of the island. This programme assists in generating revenue.Garment Construction/TailoringInmates are enrolled in sewing where they learn the art of constructing garments. They produce bedroom linen for use at the facility, inmates uniform, and uniprofession upon their discharge. Counseling/Social Interventions The Programmes Unit under takes various social intervention and Counseling initiatives. These are all geared towards the psychosocial aspect of the rehabilitathe activities undertaken are the institutionalization of the Duke of Edinburgh Programme, a football competition among units, religious education from various denominaand some level of counseling. Crops Grown on Agricultural Farm at Bordelais Bee Hives Used for Bee-keeping BCFs Bus Shelter Construction of Chicken Pen School Furniture Buildt by Inmates Construction of Pig Pen
Page 12 Saturday September 11, 2010 The Government of Saint Lucia views community infrastructure as a key element of critical social intervention that promotes integrated social, cultural, economic and community development. The Bwa Patat Human Resources Center was therefore conceived and conceptualized as part of a key strategic policy outlook which aims to provide service centres for rural as well as urban communities. struction of the Bwa Patat Human Resource Centre came through the initiative of two residents, Nigel Robert and George Mann. These two persons who were the main proponents for this project approached the Member of Parliament Hon. Richdoned house in the Bwa Patat area into a community center. and the community got together to discuss the idea and to conduct a thorough assessment of the property, which was followed lishment of consensus among residents about the need for the project and the suitability of the location, the Taiwanese Embassy was approached with a proposal for funding. The Embassy provided its approval and the construction of the Human Resource Centre was underway in earnest. The approach in construction of the Centre was one in which all labour was secured from members of the community. This in itdedication and positive outlook, which they had towards the realization of this key community development component. address at the opening ceremony that led to the completion of the Centre. The Parliamentary Representative for Castries Central, which includes the Bwa Patat area stated during this address: I am particularly proud that this Centre was conceived by the guys on the block who had the good sense and wisdom to do something constructive in their neighborhood, by turning an old abandoned building into something so wontire community. sador Tom Chou of the Taiwanese Embassy, for his understanding of the needs of the community of Bwa Patat. We are indeed appreciative of his Governments continued support for local community projects, island wide that the lives of all Saint Lucians. He urged residents to take great pride and community ownership of the HR Center by keeping it clean and avoid vandalism of such a vital community resource. man Resource Centre involved the to the Ministry of Social Transfor mation which will assume overall responsibility for its management. Prime Minister Stephenson King who also addressed the ceremony spoke of his Governments comisting hardships and improving of life of the people of the community of Bois Patat and Saint Lucia in general. The Prime Minister appealed to members of the community to demonstrate their appreciation for the facility by ensuring responsible use at all times. He tre would be used by residents for activities that will help to enhance human capacity, address educational needs and contribute to intellectual advancement. This he thought would help to bring about positive transformation in the lives of residents and serve as a beacon of pride and hope.Prime Minister K his gratitude and appreciation to the Government and people of the Republic of China/Taiwan, for their cooperation programme and work done towards the holistic dev elopment of Saint Lucia. He also announced some major projects which are schedule to come on stream in the surrounding communities of Bois Patat. These include a Multi-Purpose Court and Human Resource CenGardens.wa P atat Human Resource meeting/communal hall and other computers stations with internet services as well other services to Social Transformation in collaboration with residents. Members of the community will be able to host community social events, educational and cultural programmes among other activities. The ceremony ended with the Prime Minister ribbon to declare the facility ofman Resource Centre is one of a number of similar facilities that the Government of Saint Lucia intends to construct throughout the island as part of a policy of community empowerment and sustainability. Newly Opened Bwa Patat Human Resource Centre L-R: Parliamentary Rep. Hon. Richard Frederick; Min. of Social Transformation Hon. Lenard Montoute; Angel Brouet; H.E. Amb. Tom Chou; Prime Minister Stephenson King