Haiti was the focus yesterday as African Awareness Month celebrations at the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School kicked off.
Guest speaker Reverend Onkpha Wells spoke on the topic, Haiti – Why We Support Haiti, and students were able to view several videos and be educated about the French-speaking Caribbean nation.
The school also launched its Haiti relief effort. Students are expected to fill bins with various donations to be sent to the country.
In addition, for the rest of the month, they will showcase their skills in building a solar cooker, as an added donation for Haiti. Tutor Adhim Muhammad will guide them in that process.
During yesterday’s activities, Bishop Marlon Jones of the Mount Pisgah Spiritual Baptist Church urged the children to strive to be people of worth.
“We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. You can be whoever you want to be. When you have passion and you seek something, doors will open for you. Just never stop running after your dreams,” he encouraged them.
Jones also told the children not to let anyone judge them by the colour of their skin.
“You don’t have to bleach your skin for acceptance. Everyone can rise above their circumstance as long as they try,” he added.