People who study science, mathematics and technology thoroughly will have a better quality of life than those who do not.
This was the advice Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Human Resource Development Senator Harcourt Husbands gave to the students of the Wesley Hall Junior School yesterday.
Husbands, speaking to the young audience during the opening of the school’s first career showcase titled Pride & Industry: Productivity Is Everyone’s Responsibility, said paying attention to these key subject areas was important for an individual making himself or herself marketable in the 21st century job market.
“My advice to you is to pay very special attention to science and maths. Do not make the same mistake that I did, and ignore science and maths. Science, maths and technology are going to be very important in any career that you chose,” Husbands said.
Noting that the students were not too young to understand what he was trying to explain, the parliamentary secretary also urged them to learn a foreign language, in addition to joining service clubs, and finding a hobby.
“It is not easy; it will take hard work. You have to be focused and concentrate on what you want. And if you use those four little guidelines that I gave you, I am confident that you will be successful,” the senator said.
The former student of that City-based institution told the students he was proud to be addressing them during the island’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations. He boasted that 50 years ago, he was a student of Welsley Hall Junior, when Barbados became an Independent nation in November, 1966.
The career showcase, also attended by students of St Ambrose Primary, Eagles Academy Preparatory School, was organized to expose the students, though young, to the various professional fields available to them locally and in the international arena.
Husbands applauded the initiative which organizers said might have been the first to take place at a primary school.
Some of the companies and Government entities showcasing their products and services included Sagicor, Barbados Fire Service, Sanitation Service Authority, Barbados Postal Service, Royal Barbados Police Force, Barbados Defence Force, Government’s Media Resource Department and Barbados Water Authority.