Taking a page from Barbados’ history, hundreds of children from schools in the vicinity of the Springer Memorial School linked hands today in an exercise similar to the 1979 human chain link around the island.
Traffic on the busy Government Hill was brought to a standstill as the students from Springer Memorial, St. Giles Primary, Belmont Primary and Charles F Broome Primary held hands in the Unity in de Community event to mark the island’s upcoming 50th Anniversary of Independence.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harcourt Husbands also joined the day’s proceedings.
With vigour and passion, the students sang Let’s Join Hands and Beautiful Barbados as they stood before the Commemorative Broken Trident.
The gesture to promote community spirit and togetherness was orchestrated by the principal of the Springer Memorial School, Pauline Benjamin. Deputy principal Mitchelle Maxwell, speaking on Benjamin’s behalf, said the effort was aimed at giving back to the community.
Senator Husbands applauded the school for organizing the event.
“It’s initiatives like these at the local level that make the celebration of our 50th anniversary important. The things that the national committee does, those are good and great, but when you have initiatives like these solely organized by ordinary individuals, this is what it is all about,” he said, adding that he hoped events like Unity in de Community would create a nationalistic spirit within Barbadians.
“I really hope that this is the beginning of that kind of spirit and we would like to see more initiatives like this throughout the country.”