Minister of Education Myron Walwyn has announced that school will end earlier than normal today (May 24) to enable students to attend the Decision March.
Speaking at an organised student rally at Elmore Stoutt High School in Pasea Estate on Wednesday, Walwyn encouraged students to come out in their numbers to support the historic protest.
“I have already given the instruction for school to close early but that is for a particular purpose — we marching. I want you to march tomorrow (today) in your school clothes because that is the clearest signal that as young people in school, your future is on the line,” he told students.
The minister further encouraged educators to participate in the today’s event, which has been described as history-making.
“Teachers, I want all you to march too, and be there with the children because tomorrow (today) is a teachable moment for our children. This is what we have been setting your minds up for; that at some point, you have to take a stand.”
He said the march is to also send a message to the United Kingdom that the people of the territory are serious of their livelihoods.
Important to march
Walwyn said legislators and older residents are merely caretakers of the younger generation. And with that argument, the minister said it is imperative that students join the march.
“We have to keep students involved at every turn, that’s why it was important when we did the recovery plan that they were a part of it, so that their views as the ultimate benefactors of the country will be heard and what they want to see for the country that they will inherit will be done,” he said
“We are competent people in the Virgin Islands and we can make laws to govern ourselves. We don’t appreciate the fact that persons many, many miles away who have no real connection to us and who don’t know us are making laws that affect our livelihood. And so we are marching,” the minister said.
About the Decision March
The march is being held to protest the UK parliament’s recent order to impose public registers of beneficial ownership on the BVI and other British Overseas Territories.
The policy, which is an amendment to the UK’s Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, was approved in the House of Lords on Monday (May 21) after first passing in the UK lower parliamentary house (the House of Commons) three weeks prior.
With support from both the upper and lower houses of the UK parliament, the controversial amendment was able to become law yesterday.
Meanwhile, the march will begin at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town, into Fleming Street and Waterfront Drive, then culminate at Government House, where the Governor resides.
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