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Youth/Education

Boys Training Centre (BTC) celebrated 57th anniversary

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PRESS RELEASE – The Boys Training Centre (BTC) celebrated their 57th Anniversary on Monday February 20th, 2017. The Celebrations commenced with a church service at the Gros – Islet Roman Catholic Church followed by a small exhibition at the Centre. BTC Manager: “Today as part of our 57th Anniversary of the Centre we held a church service for the wards, ...

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CIBC First Caribbean assists start-up companies

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PRESS RELEASE – A number of start-up companies and young people with great business ideas will soon get an additional avenue to bring their plans to fruition. Ten Habitat, a non-profit organisation which focuses on developing investor-ready start-up Caribbean entrepreneurs and regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean have partnered in a venture to support local and regional start-ups. Gary Brown, Chief Executive ...

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Trinity Christian Early Childhood Centre to hold first annual National Colours Sport Day

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PRESS RELEASE – On Friday February 24th, Trinity Christian Early Childhood Centre in beautiful Bisee will be holding its first annual National Colours Sport Day beginning at 8:30 AM.   The program will include prayers and devotion for the nation revolving around the theme “I am St Lucia.”  A guest speaker representing St Lucian culture will be speaking to the ...

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Regional Youth debate coming to St. Lucia in March

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PRESS RELEASE – The first ever debating competition between Community Colleges in the Windward Islands will take place here from March 2nd. The Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) will be hosted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC). The other three participating Colleges are the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, Dominica State College and the T. A. ...

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Pierrot Combined School organises demonstration of love in school, communities

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PRESS RELEASE – The Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) of the Pierrot Combined School has joined with the school’s principal, Mrs. Eugenie Paul-Moonie and the rest of the staff in a demonstration of ‘Love’ throughout the school and its neighbouring communities. At the commencement of the new calendar year, Mrs. Paul-Moonie emphasized on the theme ‘I Love You’ to all her ...

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St. Lucia to host UWI budget meetings

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PRESS RELEASE – The University of the West Indies (UWI) is pleased to announce that the Government of Saint Lucia will host the annual meetings of the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) to the Grants Committees of The University of the West Indies (UWI), at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay Village, on February 20-21, 2017. These meetings examine the University’s ...

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Caribbean team using technology to tackle Mathematics at the CSEC level

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PRESS RELEASE – As Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders prepare to discuss, among other matters, the future of Information Communications Technology (ICT) in the region, a group of Caribbean Professionals has rolled out an application to help students learn Mathematics at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) level. Founder of AcuExam (www.cxc-exam.com) , Surendra Dhanpaul said though the app is in no ...

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Government of Cuba offers scholarship to St. Lucian students

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  PRESS RELEASE – The Government of the Republic of Cuba is offering scholarships to eligible Saint Lucian nationals to pursue studies at the Bachelor’s and Postgraduate levels, tenable at Universities in the Republic of Cuba for the academic year commencing August 2017.   There are thirteen (13) scholarships available; eleven (11) scholarships for studies at the undergraduate level and ...

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Flow joins in hailing job Fair Expo ’17 a great success

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PRESS RELEASE – Hope and optimism are running high among the job seekers who attended last weekend’s Job Fair Expo ‘17, which has been hailed a major success by organisers, sponsors and participants alike. Hundreds of students and adults seeking employment or even just guidance turned up at the Johnson’s Centre on Saturday, February 4 for the event, which was ...

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Students gear up for Junior Achievement Company of the Year 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – The much anticipated JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT START-UP FETE was held on February 7th 2017 at the Union Orchid Gardens with approximately seventy students from seven secondary schools participating in this annual event. The Startup Fete is designed to engage, nurture and inspire students of the JA Company program in an environment where creativity is unleashed, and participants exploring ...

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Soufriere Public Library launches book series for young authors

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PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Public Library, in collaboration with Peace Corps, has launched the Soufriere Young Authors Book Series. These stories are the product of the Soufriere Public Library’s Young Authors project to harness Soufriere’s passion for culture by empowering aspiring authors to express cultural knowledge and enthusiasm in the form of children’s books. Eighteen (18) students from the ...

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Job Fair Expo ‘17 a success

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PRESS RELEASE – Hundreds of curious students and job seekers flocked the Johnson’s Centre on Saturday 4th February for the Job Fair Expo ‘17. Hosted by AdVizze Consulting Inc a business development company based in St Lucia, the event had a multifaceted approach which included providing jobs, internship sign ups, support for CVs and interviews, counselling and opportunities for networking. ...

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Review of Vieux-Fort Comprehensive School’s performance at the National Awards

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PRESS RELEASE – A newspaper caption in February of 2011 read “VFCSS has Done it Again!” This was because the school was celebrating excellence in style when Nicola Surage, Amanie Mathurin, Lianne Philbert, Gabriella Fontenelle, Yun Quan Li, Vercil Mathurin, Tresha Lionel and Marla Edward excelled in eight subject areas. In that year, Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (VFCSS) walked away ...

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St. Lucian is ‘Teacher of the Year’ at United States school

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Kimberly ‘Shervon’ Johny of Soufriere has been awarded Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017 at the West Lake High School, Fulton County, Georgia, where she has been teaching biology for 10 years. The former Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School (SCSS) student was surrounded by her husband of 18 years Denzil Peter Johny, children Kahlil and Caitlyn, and other members of her family, when she ...

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Young Leaders to help curb suicide rate in Babonneau

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PRESS RELEASE – The Young Leaders Club of the Babonneau Secondary School exercised their right in true democratic style this morning. Students were elated to be part of the voting process to elect a new executive for the club. Fifty students joined the queue, inked their fingers and voted. By the end of the morning all fifty members of the ...

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Hawaiian Festival a success

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PRESS RELEASE – On the 28th of January the Youth Power Group (YPG) had their first Hawaiian Festival and put together hundreds of youths. The initiative of this event was to make the youths aware that there is joy without drugs. For Pastor Leandro, responsible for the YPG in St Lucia, this event will have its continuity more often: “Our ...

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Asthma Workshop for Teachers launched

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PRESS RELEASE – Teachers of the Gordon and Walcott Memorial Methodist School are now better equipped to identify, counsel and support students with Asthma. The knowledge of the signs and symptoms as well as the effective treatment of Asthma was acquired at a Workshop hosted by the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (PPS) on Friday 27th January 2017 at the OECS ...

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Taiwan launches scholarship program for St. Lucians

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PRESS RELEASE – The application for the 2017 “Taiwan Scholarship”, ICDF Scholarship and I-SHOU Medical Scholarship programs starts from now and the deadline is 15th March, 2017. The scholarship programs provide opportunities for young talented Saint Lucians to study in Taiwan for Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees. Awardees list will be posted on the Embassy’s website on 30th June, 2017. ...

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Gros Islet youth to represent St. Lucia at UN Youth Forum

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Youth and Sports is please to nominate Ms. Raejean Montoute to represent Saint Lucia as the youth delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on ‘the role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world. The forum will be held at the UN Headquarters in ...

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Job Fair Expo 2017 set for February 4 at Johnson’s Centre

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PRESS RELEASE – As Nobel Laureates’ Week comes to a close and a spirit of achievement and excellence washes over the nation, a team of consultants and volunteers at AdVizze Consulting Inc, a business development firm, makes the final arrangements for its nonprofit Job Fair Expo ’17 slated for 4th February at the Johnson’s Centre from 10am to 4pm. Aimed ...

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St. Lucian writer awarded the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize

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PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Writer, an international journal with a Caribbean focus, has announced its volume 30 prize winners and St. Lucian writer Alicia Valasse has been awarded The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize. This literally prize is given annually for the best short fiction. Last month, Valasse was shortlisted for the prize for a story entitled “Suicide”. “Suicide” is ...

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Youngest published author at book fair speaks

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GIS – The youngest published author at the 2017 Nobel Laureate Festival’s book fair, Kamisha Harris, has been speaking out on her passion for literature. A student of St. Joseph’s convent, Kamisha has received great commendation from many who attended the book fair. The fifth form student explained that although her CXC subject choices lean more towards the sciences, her ...

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SALCC activities for Nobel Laureate Festival 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College has organised the following activities in observance of this year’s Nobel Laureate Festival: 1) A Student Panel Discussion on Thursday, 26th January 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at the Studios of the Government Information Service during the Nation Beat Programme. The focus of the discussion will be in relation to the main ...

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Gros Islet Secondary Health Fair and Open Day

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PRESS RELEASE – In observance of its 10th anniversary, the Gros-Islet Secondary School will host a series of activities, beginning with a Grand Health Fair and Open Day on Thursday January 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. on the Gros-Islet Secondary school grounds. The health fair promises to be one with a difference, as all aspects of health including human, animal ...

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National Students’ Council calls for student support, concerned with improper social media use

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PRESS RELEASE – The National Students’ Council is an advocacy group aimed at strengthening the voice of students island-wide while ensuring that the right programs are available to look after student welfare and development. It is in regards to this that the NSC is very taken aback by recent developments involving the Minister of Finance and student of the Sir ...

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NYC prepares to elect new executive

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Youth Council (NYC) will be holding a special press conference on Tuesday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the GIS Studio, Hewanorra House, Castries. This press conference is being held by an Elections Committee established to manage the process of electing a new National Youth Council Executive for the period 2017/18. The Committee ...

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Babonneau resident starts project to help the poor

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A 23-year-old public servant said he has started an initiative to “reach out to the needy and hungry”. On Saturday morning, Randy Joseph, a data entry clerk at the Land Registry, assisted by his friends Devon Pierre and Andy Charles, gave out food, clothing and water to the less fortunate in front the Castries City Council building. The trio are former students ...

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Dr. Rigobert attends EMAG meeting in London

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PRESS RELEASE – Synergies are being fostered between the education and sustainable development sectors within countries of the commonwealth, in order to drive delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education in the countries of the 52-member grouping. Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert is currently in London, along with various education ...

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Sound Waves project resumes

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PRESS RELEASE – A little under 50 participants have completed Life Skills I and II Courses – Productivity Enhancement Training (PET) towards attaining National Certification with the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Programme.   The course, offered by the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC) included focus areas in Stress Management, Team Work, Critical Thinking, Work Ethic and Conflict Resolution, among others. ...

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Delay in date for re-opening of Choiseul Secondary School

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department for Education, Innovation and Gender Relations wishes to inform parents of students attending the Choiseul Secondary School and the general public that there has been a delay in the completion of temporary accommodation for the Form 1 and 2 students of the Choiseul Secondary School. Outstanding at this time is the completion of a temporary ...

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Dennery woman aspires to be published author, poet

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A little girl’s desire to do something special for her mother’s birthday, has left her with a lifelong passion for writing over 300 poems and endless ideas of which she hopes to one day have published. Melisa Annibaffa embarked on her journey as a writer at the tender age of nine. She recalls that she had wanted a present for her mother’s birthday, when the ...

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Public schools to reopen second week in January

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department for Education, Innovation and Gender Relations wishes to inform school personnel, parents and the general public that the date for the reopening of school following the Christmas break is Monday, January 09, 2017 and not Wednesday January 04, 2017 as previously announced. However, principals and teachers are required to utilize the period January 04 to ...

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Caribbean Youth Fest 2016 finals set for Sunday

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PRESS RELEASE – The Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux-Fort will be pumping with vibes on December 18th, 2016 when St. Lucia’s young talent takes the stage for this year’s Youth Star Competition. The competition features 10 artists in the Teens category (aged 13 to 19), namely Abigail Martial, Allea Francis, Ashelle Auguste, Dehawn Augustin, Dyllan Stanislaus, Jamal Joseph, Jermica Benti, ...

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Distrubtion of SALCC transportation bursary cheques

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations wishes to inform all students of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, who are second and third time recipients of the transportation bursary, that disbursement of cheques will be conducted on Friday, December 16, 2016. The cheque disbursement will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ...

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National Youth Council interim committee appointed

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PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday 7th December the Saint Lucia National Youth Council convened a General Council Meeting at the Vieux Fort Primary School. The aim of the meeting was to receive updates from affiliate District Youth and Sports Councils, and to decide on the fate of the National Youth Council Executive, which had been inactive in recent times. With ...

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National Students’ Council elects new executive

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PRESS RELEASE – The Annual National Students’ Council General Assembly was held on Thursday, December 8th 2017, subsequent to a postponement from the original date, November 24th. This year, student councils from secondary and tertiary institutions around the island convened at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School’s auditorium with the aim of promoting unity, and forming a greater connection throughout the ...

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St Lucia’s youngest published author presents her book

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PRESS RELEASE – Guests at a crowded auditorium at the St Joseph’s Convent got a firsthand insight into the new book published by the charismatic Kurmysha Harris, fifth form student at the school. The talented teenager now 16 years old presented her first novel The Lost Sister, an intriguing thriller set in 19th century London. According to the Author and ...

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PM hosts Christmas party for special needs children

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PRESS RELEASE – Special needs children from learning centres in Saint Lucia were treated to a day of fun and excitement at The Prime Minister’s Official Residence on Thursday December 08th 2016. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet was elated to spend some time with the children at the annual Christmas Party in their honour. Donning a Santa’s hat, the Prime ...

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Micoud Primary student crowned 2016 Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Champion

The second and third place winners respectively are Shane Narcisse of the St. Aloysious RC Boys Primary and Akeelah Henry of the Soufriere Primary school.

PRESS RELEASE – Another champion hails from the south of the island. Last year, the Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Champion came from the Pierrot Combined School. In 2016, the champion is Mekella Popo, a petite Grade 3 student from the Micoud Primary School. “I feel elated today, happy and overwhelmed.” Mekella said. The Finals of the Competition was held ...

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Security at schools discussed during NWU meeting with minister

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PRESS RELEASE – A delegation led by Tyrone Maynard and George Goddard Jr. President General and Secretary General of the National Workers Union (NWU) met with Hon. Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development on Tuesday December 6, 2016. At the top of the Agenda was security at schools throughout the island. The NWU did express ...

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Young Choiseul entrepreneur making strides

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By Nyus Alfred If you were to mention the term ‘hustler’ to someone on an average day, I’d bet a cheese and ham sandwich that their initial thought would be that of all the negative connotations attached to the word. I mean I don’t really blame them because of the way the word has been thrown around to refer to everything ...

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CSME training for Saint Lucia’s secondary school teachers

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PRESS RELEASE – Secondary school teachers from a cross-section of schools in Saint Lucia are poised to be better equipped and knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is as a result of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Auberge Seraphine. Approximately thirty ...

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CSME training for Saint Lucia’s secondary school teachers

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PRESS RELEASE – Secondary school teachers from a cross-section of schools in Saint Lucia are poised to be better equipped and knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is as a result of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Auberge Seraphine. Approximately thirty ...

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Dr. Rigobert congratulates Ajani Lebourne

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PRESS RELEASE – Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and Parliamentary Representative for Micoud North Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert has congratulated nineteen-year-old OMG Ajani Lebourne, on being named a recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme has recognised Ajani from among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth, for his work ...

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Commonwealth winners to receive special award from Her Majesty The Queen

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PRESS RELEASE – The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is today delighted to reveal that 60 young people from across the Commonwealth, have been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award. The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s ...

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All schools reopen today

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The Ministry of Education advises the public that all schools will reopen today, Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The ministry has been advised  by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Office that the bulk of the inclement weather which forced schools to remain closed yesterday has passed. The Meteorological Office has however said that showers and cloudy weather will continue today, Persons are asked ...

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UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia public lecture cancelled

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PRESS RELEASE – A public lecture that was planned for today Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the  University of the West Indies Open Campus Saint Lucia on “The Evolving Culture and Identity of Taiwan” has been cancelled. The university said the lecture has been cancelled due to the inclement weather and closure of schools by the Ministry of Education. The lecture ...

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SALCC to hold two graduation ceremonies

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PRESS RELEASE – Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, announces that its 30th Annual Graduation Exercise will be held on Sunday December 4 th, 2016 at the Johnson’s Centre at Reduit, and will for the first time comprise two ceremonies. The first ceremony, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will see graduands from the Divisions of Teacher Education and Educational Administration ...

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Schools remain closed today due to inclement weather

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Education has advised that all schools will remain closed today Tuesday 29th November 2016 due to the inclement weather. This also includes the closure of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Saint Lucia is currently experiencing inclement weather brought by an upper level trough that is producing showers and thunderstorms over the Lesser Antilles. ...

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Region tackles problems in mathematics education

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PRESS RELEASE – Steps are being taken to solve the problem of Mathematics education in the Caribbean region. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently hosted a two-day workshop in Barbados for Mathematics education stakeholders, across the Caribbean region. Mathematics specialists and lecturers from the various universities and teachers’ colleges from Belize, Jamaica, the OECS as well as Trinidad, Guyana and ...

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Denys Springer to deliver UWI Open Campus lecture

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PRESS RELEASE – The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia will on Tuesday 29th November 2016 host a public lecture entitled “The Evolving Culture and Identity of China and Taiwan”, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia Republic of China (Taiwan) Alumni Association. The lecture will be delivered by well-known political ...

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NCPC Innovative Secondary Schools Project documentary to air on DBS

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PRESS RELEASE – Continuously upgrading our schools and teaching methods is essential to nurturing and cultivating an environment where problem solvers and innovators who will help build a competitive Saint Lucia, can thrive. This is important as, at the core of country competitiveness is the quality of the human resources of a nation. The face of education has transformed drastically ...

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Too many children are still suffering from abuse in St. Lucia, says UNICEF representative

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PRESS RELEASE – Despite enormous progress realized for children since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the rights of millions of children are being violated every day, UNICEF said today as it marked Universal Children’s Day. “With conflicts, crises, and crushing poverty putting millions of children’s lives and futures at risk, protecting child ...

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Mom claims 6-year-old son choked, kicked in the abdomen at school

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Bullying is “rampant” in school, according to one heart-broken mother of a 6-year-old boy who has been suffering extreme harassment over the past year. The mother, who has chosen to remain anonymous, to protect the identity of her son, explained that her son’s troubles first began when he started grade one, and since then things have deteriorated dramatically. It started ...

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NSC applauds response of SALCC administration to recent threats to student safety

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PRESS RELEASE – The National Students’ Council is pleased with the actions taken by the SALCC administration following a shocking incident involving a security guard and student of the college earlier this week. The incident undoubtedly sparked feelings of anger and frustration from students towards the system at the college which they believe is working against their well-being. Administration at ...

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Education Ministry praises Courts OECS Reading Competition winner

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Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Marcus Edward on Thursday applauded Keyshawn Alphonse of Soufriere Primary School for her outstanding achievement in this year’s OECS Courts Reading competition. “The Ministry of Education is extremely delighted and excited as a matter of fact upon receiving the news of young Keyshawan Alphonse who was declared the winner of the 8th ...

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Keyshawn Alphonse wins Courts OECS Reading Competition 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – Soufriere Primary School Student, Miss Keyshawn Alphonse, has won the Eighth Annual Courts OECS Reading Competition for 2016. The competition which was held on November 16th 2016 in Saint Kitts and Nevis saw national champions from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines competing for an additional ...

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School crime watch programme aims to keep school children safe

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PRESS RELEASE – The safety and security of the elderly and children is paramount to the Government of Saint Lucia. Recently, Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet stated that: “This Government abhors crime” and he promised that firm action will be taken to make Saint Lucia safe again. The influx of reports of sexual crimes and burglaries was put into ...

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Spotlight on Youthpreneurs for GEW 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) emerged in 2008 as a platform to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit and innovative culture. The inaugural activity was held locally in 2011 and has since continued to grow with new partner organizations collaborating and committing their support. As such over the years, new events and activities have emerged annually. As Saint Lucia prepares to ...

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Keyshawn Alphonse to represent St. Lucia at Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition

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PRESS RELEASE – Local Furniture and Electrical superstore Courts will be hosting the eighth annual Schools Reading competition on Wednesday November 16th 2106 in St. Kitts and Nevis. The company hosted the National level of the competition on October 14th 2016 and saw eight finalists from the districts across the island competing for $2000 in cash plus $2000 for their ...

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Gov’t reassures Choiseul Secondary School students

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PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has given assurances that efforts to address the deplorable conditions at the Choiseul Secondary School are being fast tracked. Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation on Tuesday, November 8, made a statement in Parliament on the “Reconstruction of the Choiseul Secondary School”. Minister Joseph reiterated that funding ...

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Guy Joseph claims some civil servants trying to undermine Government

Parliament Guy Joseph and the speaker of the House had an intense verbal exchange during a recent sitting of Parliament.

According to Social Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph, there are persons in the civil service that are trying to undermine the sitting St. Lucian Government. Joseph was speaking in response to the protests by 5th form students at the Choiseul Secondary School last week. The minister claimed that plans for the rehabilitation of the fifth form block were already in ...

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