As Education Month draws to a close, the Ministry of Education hosted a Health Day yesterday to give back to staff for their hard work throughout the year.
At the ministry’s Constitution Road headquarters, staff were treated to manicures, pedicures and acrylic nail sets by cosmetology students of the Springer Memorial School. Masseuse Dawn Boxill was also on hand to ease the workers’ aches and pains.
It was a relaxing day for the ministry’s staff, but for the cosmetology students it was all work, as they were completing their Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) practical.
Senior education officer for the secondary division, Patricia Warner told Barbados TODAY that by next year, the programme would be in all the island’s secondary schools.
“It is not only about certification; it is about the employability skills that they come with, so these are students who come prepared . . . for every job,” she said. “They don’t only do the skills in the traditional sense, but they are also taught the life skills.”
The Health Day also featured volunteers from the Barbados Diabetes Association testing blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as lectures on reducing sugar intake and the use of alternative foods.
As Warner said, “health and productivity go hand in hand, so if you have a healthy staff then they will be more productive”.