A National Values Assessment is currently being carried out to determine, among other things, the views of the population on the island’s development.
The study is being carried out by the University of the West Indies (UWI), through the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the announcement today at a media conference, at which he announced plans for the remainder of the island’s 50th anniversary year of celebrations.
“You may recall that at the launch of the independence celebrations I posed three questions to the nation. Those were: what are those features of Barbadian life that we have lost and that we need to reclaim? What are those features of Barbadian life that we have not lost and need to retain? What are those features of Barbadian life we have not lost but we have to try and discard as quickly as possible?
“I am happy to inform you that those questions have formed the basis for a national values assessment, which is being conducted by the University of the West Indies through the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies. It is entitled Barbados At 50: The Barbados National Values Assessment 2016,” he said.
Stuart did not give details of the study,
stating that some preliminary results would be made public next month.
“That primary research study will inform us of the views of the population in relation to where we are as a people at this juncture of our 50th anniversary as an independent nation. It is my hope that this seminal research will be the platform for a series of in depth studies that will inform our policy formulation, development and implementation over the next 50 years and beyond,” Stuart said.