Rector of the St Lawrence Church Sandra Hazell is calling for the reintroduction of Anglican schools in Barbados.
Her call came Wednesday evening following a national consultation on the Barbadian family, organized by the Diocese of Barbados at the Christ Church Parish Church centre.
Hazell told Barbados TODAY other denominations ran schools here and it was time for the Anglican Church to do the same again. This, she said, was one way the church could play a greater role in combatting the social issues affecting Barbadian families.
“I do believe it is time that we as Anglicans offer the ability to our children to be able to learn in an Anglican environment. Hence, we need Anglican schools – nursery schools, primary schools and secondary schools – where our teachers are Anglican and our children will be able to study and learn in an Anglican environment based on our Lord’s teachings and commandments,” Hazell said.
Anglican priest Reverend Dr Marcus Lashley agreed that schools run by the church had played an important role in the social development of Barbados in the past and could do so again.
“Historically, the Anglican Church was heavily involved in education in the early part of the last century and it has helped significantly in the development of the nation, but we have lost most of our schools, a lot of our buildings got taken up by Government, some are now actually being returned, and some of the schools have become privatized,” Lashley told Barbados TODAY.
“ . . . influence in society by having greater contact with the children of the nation through general education is something that many churches have continued to do and maybe it is something we need to look at again as a model by which we can continue our impact and influence on the society.”
St Gabriel’s School was the last education institution with which the Anglican church had a direct connection here.