Written by George Grant on February 21, 2012
CALLISTE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL STUDENTS CHALLENGED TO APPLY THEMSELVES TO THEIR STUDIES
Learning conditions at the Calliste Government School have been significantly improved with the completion of extensive rehabilitation and expansion works. Approximately 1.8 million dollars Eastern Caribbean Currency (ECC) was expended on the project, a joint venture of the Governments of Grenada and Turkey. “There is now no doubt, a better learning environment altogether, for the delivery of quality education,” says Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Senator Franka Alexis Bernardine.
The timely completion of the upgrades, which includes new toilet facilities, classrooms, kitchen and staff facilities, as well as new furniture for both staff and students, is part of an ongoing commitment by the Grenada Government to improve conditions at educational institutions.
During the official handing over ceremony held on Thursday February 16, 2012, Senator Bernardine acknowledged the tremendous hardship and difficulties caused by the severe damage to the school from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and applauded the level of patience and understanding displayed by both the schools management and the community over the last seven years.
Principal, Mrs. Shirma Fletcher also alluded to the difficulties of the last seven years. However, she and her staff found comfort in the words of Winston Churchill, who said, “Success is never final, failure never fatal, it is courage that counts”.
She called the realization and completion of the project “a great lesson,” referring to the words of inventor Thomas Edison, who said “many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
During the ceremony students were challenged to properly prepare themselves for the future. Minister for Labour and Parliamentary Representative for St. George South, Honorable Glynis Roberts, implored upon the schools fraternity to “care for the facility as they would their own.” She told the students, “the future belongs to you but you must properly prepare yourselves, academically, mentally, socially and otherwise to take charge of your future.”
Minister Roberts appealed to the students to “grasp every available opportunity to learn and expand your horizons,” and “commit yourselves to obtaining a solid education” so as to ensure they are well placed to become future leaders.
Representing the Turkish government – which contributed approximately $100,000.00 dollars (ECC) to the project – Ambassador Muhsin Tuğrul Kiliçaslan, told the gathering he was touched by the commitment to education and efforts at ensuring the school was rebuilt. “Your fight for the school is impressive,” he told the principal.
Convinced that education is the only way out of poverty and notwithstanding the economic challenges being experienced internationally, government continues to reinforce its commitment to education through its many projects, geared toward enhancing students’ learning.
Within the last three years, five major school projects have been undertaken and completed. The Anglican High School, St. Marks Secondary, Crochu R.C. Primary, St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary and the Calliste Government Schools were all refurbished and expanded. Work was also done at several other schools across the island, including Bishop’s College in Carriacou and St. Mary’s R.C Primary in St. Andrew.