Students at three primary schools in St Michael got a surprise today when they received some school supplies from an Axcel Finance (Barbados) Limited team.
Students from a cross section of the Eagle Hall, St Stephen’s and Deacons schools received textbooks, dictionaries, school bags and pens under the Axcel Angels Programme. It forms a part of the company’s ongoing contribution to primary schools in the five territories in which it has operations.
Ahead of delivering the items to the children, Axcel Finance operations manager Davidson Ishmael said officials of the company were aware of some of the challenges families faced and so had decided to help.
“We are well aware that some families may have more than one schoolchild, and the cost of providing school essentials at this time is indeed high. It is on this basis that Axcel Finance seeks to impact on lives in meaningful ways, with education being at the centre fold of Axcel’s corporate social responsibility,” said Ishmael.
“We trust that this small contribution here today will afford some relief and assistance to parents and students, particularly those who are experiencing some measure of financial constraints in preparing their children for the start of the new school year,” he added.
Deacons Primary School principal Norma Worrell urged the students to use the gifts “for what they are intended” as they continue their learning.
“Use them to the best of your ability for your learning and education,” she advised them.
Chris Sinckler, Member of Parliament for St Michael North-West –– in which constituency the schools are, welcomed the gesture, noting that while the Government was doing what it could to help children in pursing an education, there was always room for more assistance.
Sinckler said that very often people focused on special occasions by giving scholarships and special awards, but placed little emphasis on other times during the school year.
“We have to ensure that the tools for learning are always available to our students,” he argued.
“So when we get companies coming in and doing this and making this type of contribution, it helps. It takes the pressure off us, and it also demonstrates to the community that there are people other than politicians who are interested in the development of our society. That is very important,” said Sinckler.
The Minister of Finance urged the students to take their education seriously and do their best at all times.