First Vice President of the Barbados Evangelical Association, Reverend Dr Winston Clarke says it’s the responsibility of adults to teach the values of excellence to the youth and to lead by example.
“The legacy of the Barbadian people is not one of crime, it is not one where we embrace the deteriorating practices of foreign sub-cultures, neither is it one where our school children introduce violence as a means of challenge to each other, or in their pursuit of resolve difference,” Dr Clarke said as he delivered the sermon at today’s 51st National Independence Service.
“It is one which exhibits neighbourly care, one which knows how to resolve difference through meaningful dialogue and a strategic, intelligent and logical means of communication, one where value for each other’s life is not replaced by the bullet and knife and one where we as people have come to an understanding that the use of expletives as a part of communication does nothing to make our communication any more effective,” he added.
Dr Clarke also called on adults in society to lead by example, to preserve the morals and values of Barbadian society.
“Too often we see well-qualified persons in this beautiful land, in offices and at other workplaces whose qualifications and attitudes are at variance with each other,” he said.
“If … we are to become and remain citizens of excellence we must make a greater effort to inculcate values in our youth and to help shape their attitudes. The provision of articles of conspicuous consumption should be matched with the instilling of decency, politeness, respect for real and personal property, a display of positive values and an aspiration to develop whatever latent and artistic talents the youth possess,” he added.
Today’s service, one of the highlights of the independence anniversary celebrations, was held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre under the theme Excellence in Citizenship: Ensuring Hope for the Youth.