Twelve of the top submissions by primary and secondary school pupils who took part in the inaugural poster competition organised by the Barbados Council for the Disabled, will have their work featured in a 2014 calendar.
This morning, the nine winners in the various age categories and three who were specially mentioned, received their awards during a prize-giving ceremony at United Nations House, Dayrells Road.
The competition, which invited its participants to share their “Vision of a Fully Accessible Barbados”, was divided into four age categories — eight to nine, 10 to 11, 12 to 13 and 14 to 15.
Coming out on top in the eight to nine age group was Latoya Gittens of Bay Primary, while Zera A. Yaicob of The Rock Christian School won first prize in the 10 to 11 category.
In the 10 to 11 group, the second prize went to Aslesha Adams-Grant of St. George Primary, with Terell Smith of the same school placing third.
The top three students in the 12 to 13 age section were Tessa Adams of Combermere, Aalissa John of Deighton Griffith and Ashania Daisley of Combermere, respectively.
Kadera Hinds of Coleridge and Parry was presented with the first prize in the 14 to 15 category, while Lesleyann Downer of Springer Memorial placed second.
Pupils who received “special mention” were Marlon Downie of Bay Primary, Elena Scantleburry of Christ Church Girls and Shane Alleyne of St. George Primary.
Using the theme “An Inclusive Society for All”, and backed by the UN, the competition attracted 46 entries from primary schools and five from secondary.
When she addressed the ceremony this morning, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Barbados and the OECS, Michelle Gyles-McDonnough told the children that with the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, some progress had been made in improving the situation of such people.
“This is a good moment to congratulate Barbados for taking yet another important step forward and ratifying the convention in February this year,” observed Gyles-McDonnough.
“However, in spite of such gains, disability remains largely invisible in most mainstream development processes, including the millennium development goals.” (EJ)