Barbados needs to set out to nurture young people into
budding Errol Walton Barrows.
This call came from social activist David Comissiong as he
delivered a speech on the legacy of one of Barbados’ National
Heroes and Father Of Independence to the students of the
Parkinson Memorial School.
Comissiong, who acknowledged he was familiar with Barrow
on a personal basis, said the former great leader of the nation had
made an outstanding contribution to its development, particularly
in the area of education.
He said that the island’s young people had much to benefit
from if they were exposed to Barrow’s values of black dignity,
self-respect and understanding of the glories of achievements of
his own people.
“We in Barbados need to set out to nurture tens of thousands
of budding male and female Errol Barrows. We should set out to
nurture our young people in such a way that they develop into be
the same kind of person that Errol Barrow was.
“And if we are to do that, we have to give them the same kind
of values and education, the same black consciousness, the same
kind of knowledge about themselves as a black people that Mr
Barrow was given,” he said.
The social activist said that the nurturing must start within the
homes ,and if not possible, the slack must be taken up by teachers
in the schools.
“The parents in the home need to do this. If the parents in the
home fail to do this, it must be done by the schools and therefore
the teachers must focus on this area. I looked at the influences
that have gone into making Errol Barrow,”
Meanwhile, the school’s principal Jeff Broomes told his
charges to reflect on Comissiong’s speech about the outstanding
Barbadian as he indicated to them that if “it was not for Errol
Barrow, there is no way that I could be standing here right now”.
“You students see a lot of us teachers and think that we come
from all kinds of fancy backgrounds. We are not from any fancy
backgrounds; my father was a fisherman, my mother was a maid
who used to clean people’s toilets and that kind of stuff. But
because of the opportunities of education through Mr Barrow,
I am able to stand here in front of you now in a very comfortable
stage of my life,” said Broomes.
Comissiong also encouraged the school’s library to acquire
the book Speeches By Errol Barrow in an effort to give the
students a detailed insight into the works of the forefather. He
also made copies of books he authored to The Pine, St Michael