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Fahie encourages district reps to implement afterschool programme

Junior ESHS students at their Road Town campus.

Premier and First District Representative Andrew Fahie wants other district representatives in the British Virgin Islands to emulate him and implement an afterschool programme for youngsters in their respective constituencies.

Fahie made the call while stating that the Bambelela Afterschool Programme in his district has positively impacted students of his community.

He said: “For years we have had the Bambelela Afterschool Programme running effectively in this First District. This programme is very dear to my heart because as a young man, I had difficulties in three areas in English — and those areas were writing, reading and speaking. And, I remember hustling to different communities across the territory at different hours of the day just to get help with tutors so that I could improve my growth and development.”

“I had to travel far from the First District just to get the extra help when I was younger. In understanding these personal struggles, I always promised myself that if I ever got money or would be placed in a position of positive influence, I would pave the way for those who needed the help to get it because the long journeys were not easy for me. Out of my pain came my passion to fulfil this purpose for others,” he explained.


The First District Representative said he has grown proud of the programme.

“Today, it fills my heart with great joy to see some of those very young people who were once in Bambelela now excelling in college and taking their rightful place in this society and world. Through the Bambelela programme, we saved many lives, and as a result, we may have very well saved this territory,” the First District Representative said on Saturday during his annual district report presentation in Capoon’s Bay.

“I will continue to encourage other district representatives to adopt such an initiative like Bambelela for I believe that district by district we can and will build a stronger and greener BVI,” he added.

More about the programme

His homework study programme officially started in 2014. Today some 40 students are enrolled in the programme which recommenced in August last year after it was interrupted by hurricanes Irma and Maria back in 2017.

It is now being temporarily housed at the Seventh-day Adventist Youth Centre in Carrot Bay.

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  1. oh boy says:

    Did he mention funding for these programs in the various districts? I didn’t hear him say anything

    • After school says:

      As well as after school study other private schools run a large range of options, music, choir, art, dance, gym etc. At $10 a lesson these programmes make a good contribution and certainly cover the costs with means tested sponsorship available

    • SMH says:

      Why it always got to be about funding? Sometimes people have to engage in volunteering their services especially since it’s going to be beneficial to they and their children. It’s time to give back to building your children’s Future while securing a more befitting Environment. It’s not all about basic education subjects, but life long training in craft and survival Means.

  2. Diaspora says:

    Hon Premier A.A. Fahie, D-1, undoubtedly, the after school programme in D-1 is a success and should be duplicated in other districts. So why not task the Hon Natalio “Sowande Uhuru” Wheatley, D7 and MECSYAF (this ministry is just to big, separate out agriculture and fishery if we want them to flourish, not die) with establishing after school programmes through out the territory. With a $414M budget surely this can be done for the kids. The programmes can be located at joint senior and recreational facilities.

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  3. I agree with Hon. Fahie says:

    The monthly 10K received by district reps could easily cover the costs. Rather than giving handouts invest in the future of your district.

  4. Hmmm says:

    I done see that nothing will please the people in the BVI. Good job Fahie.

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  5. 5th says:

    It’s already in the fifth district in Huntum’s Ghut.

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