Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Lila Strickland has advised Barbadian youth to remember the morals instilled at primary school as they prepare to embark on secondary education.
The senior police officer was speaking in the Barbados Community College (BCC) auditorium at the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation ceremony for pupils of the Belmont Primary School and the Grantley Prescod Primary School.
“I dare you to remain mannerly, respectful and obedient at all times. At secondary school, there will no doubt be many distractions. You will face fighting, bullying, drugs, and even sexual temptations but you have been taught many (good) values. I dare you to stand for what you believe in,” she stressed.
She added, “I dare you to be different. As you transition from primary to secondary school life is going to be very different, your bodies are changing preparing you for adult life. However, it does not mean that you are adults. You are and must remain children for the next 10 years.”
Strickland also encouraged students to strive for excellence in the area of academics.
“You know what is right and wrong. Choose to do what is good. Strive for excellence in all you do and work hard at all given tasks. The only time that success comes before work is in the dictionary so work earnestly towards your goals.”
During her ten-minute long feature address, the top cop dared the proud parents in attendance to back their children once they are involved in wholesome activities.
“Dare to be a parent and insist that your children be the best that they can be. Support them in all positive activities.”
80 pupils from both schools were rewarded with certificates after successfully completing the 10-week programme under the guidance of DARE officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler.
Cobbler reiterated that the availability of illegal drugs has increased and that if there was ever a time the DARE programme was needed, it is now. He instructed students to be original.
“Remember that you have an important role in shaping the future. I want you to see yourselves as ambassadors for this programme. Use your knowledge and skills to educate others. Don’t try to fit in if you know it is wrong. Take up the challenge and dare to be different.”