This year’s Education Week has gotten underway and the ministry is focusing on student discipline.
Education Week began on Sunday (April 15) and will run till Saturday.
It is being held under the theme: Be Disciplined, Achieve Excellence.
Discipline was chosen as the focus this year amid a series of public fights and general unruliness from students at Elmore Stoutt High.
“The choice for the future is yours … you live and die by the choices you make. Don’t care what anybody tells you, nobody can force you to smoke marijuana, nobody can force you to do something that they want you to do,” said Bishop Ishmael Charles of the New Testament Church of God, International Worship Centre.
He was speaking at an Education Week function on Sunday.
“Life is a journey and it is time to exalt wisdom. It is time to understand that you are not here because you are here, you were born for and with a purpose in life.”
The Baughers Bay-based church was chosen as one of the many churches that school children and education officials, including the Education Minister Myron Walwyn, visited recently.
“We did something different this year. Rather than having one service, we asked the schools to align themselves with a church that is close to where the school is, or where the school had a real connection with the church,” Walwyn said.
He said because of the importance of Education, the week could not be cancelled.
“We had to show our respect [and] our honour to the principals and the teachers and administrators who worked so hard to get school going again. It’s going to be a lovely week.”
In the meantime, several activities have already taken place, while a number of other activities are scheduled.
The week started with a territory-wide church day on April 15 followed by the statement from Minister Walwyn on ZBVI.
All schools took part in a special general assembly.
Specially invited guests visited all schools and addressed students in relation to this year’s theme.
Teacher Exchange: Teachers from various schools are expected to teach new classes or teach at a different school for the day.
Debate and impromptu speech finals at Althea Scatliffe Primary School. The topic of the debate is: ‘Privatization of the public sector will serve the public interest in the Virgin Islands’.
The St Georges Secondary School will propose the moot, while the Bregado Flax Educational Centre will oppose.
It is expected to start at 5:30pm.
Early Childhood Culture fair at the Tortola Pier Park lawn.
The event will begin at 9:30am and end at 11:30am.
Teachers Awards and Cocktail Reception.
It will begin from 6pm at the Tortola Pier Park lawn.
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