Barbadians were urged to beware of the stereotypes assigned to children, especially in the education system.
The caution came from Ellerslie Secondary School music teacher Lennox Boyce as he delivered the sermon this morning to officially launch Education Month, at Sanctuary Empowerment Centre, Country Road, St. Michael.
The teacher, who is also Reverend of the Silver Sands Church Of God, told a congregation of mostly students, teachers and education officials, “We need to be careful how we measure education”.
He pointed out that at one point of time in the country, the symbol of being educated was to dress in suit and tie and in some cases to carry around a briefcase.
As the country celebrates 50 years of universal free education, he remarked on the fact that this was no longer the case, saying that society needed all its professionals, whether taxi driver, construction worker, or lawyer to be well educated, and pleaded with children to make the most of the opportunities given.
“I’m sure none of us would want a doctor to come to a place where we have bought land and decide for us that they are going to build our house. I’m sure if your car gave trouble on the way here, you wouldn’t call a lawyer. But you needed somebody that was still educated, who had a knowledge that was necessary to make the kind of contribution in your life that you needed to have made at that particular time,” he said.
Reverend Boyce, delivering his sermon on the topic Grasp Greatness, Embrace Education, told the students told the students that the world was interdependent with room and space for all kinds of people with all kinds of talents.
“We would want persons who are well educated in every aspect of life. So we have to be careful with stereotyping. I believe that greatness then is excellence. So that we understand we can be educated and we can end up in every sphere of life. But we need to understand that wherever we are and whatever we are doing, if we are going to achieve greatness then we have to be striving for excellence in everything that we do.”
The teacher and pastor said because of this interdependence, society had to be careful how it measured education, adding that as a result society should therefore treasure each other’s differences and unique qualities.
He urged students to make as much as they could from the opportunities they were presented in school through a system of free education.
It was a service in which the Ellerslie Secondary School Choir got things going with a song My Life, My Love, My All which was a perfect blend of sopranos, alto, tenors and bass, to be followed by the Ignatius Byer Primary School choir whose selection Rebuke The Devil, complete with props completely entertained the audience.
The wow factor of the morning though was delivered by the Ann Hill School Choir, whose second selection, Oh Happy Day earned them rousing applause and screams of appreciation from the students and adults present. (LB)