Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today passed on some of the advice he got as a youngster to students of the St Bartholomew’s Primary School.
Speaking on the topic A Day in the Life of a Prime Minister, Stuart told the children that if enough people in society fell short in terms of their behaviour, even though that society may call itself independent, it really was not, because independence ultimately meant freedom to be responsible in every area of one’s life.
“As Prime Minister of Barbados, that is something that I had to understand from day to day. I had to understand it long before I became Prime Minister. . . . I learned that from the time I was as young as you students here at St. Bartholomew’s,” he said.
Stuart added that there were some other basics he learned at a young age.
“From early on, I learnt that honesty is the best policy; that you should always speak the truth and speak it outright. As my mother used to tell me, ‘cost it what it will, he who hides the wrong he does, does the same thing still’. I had to understand, as my mother also told me, that I should not compare myself to others. I should not look at what other people are doing and to allow what they are doing to influence me,” the Prime Minister added.
Stuart also advised students to set goals, have confidence in themselves and take charge of their lives.
Constantly learning, he said, was also important.
“Understand yourself; get to know your country. For example, know who your National Heroes are. . . . Also, make it your business to learn something new every day. Even at this stage in my life, I make it my business to read and learn. If at the end of the day I haven’t learnt something new, then I don’t go to sleep until I do,” Prime Minister Stuart maintained.