Students at eight primary schools will be greeted by brightly coloured classrooms at the start of the new school year thanks to two local companies.
CIBC FirstCaribbean was among the companies that recently joined an initiative conceived and spearheaded by Berger Paints Barbados Limited to beautify primary school classrooms under the theme Conceive, Create, Cultivate.
General Manager of Berger Shashi Mahase explained that the project is aimed at stimulating greater achievement at primary schools by harnessing the power of a cheerful and colourful environment. He said that an environment full of beautiful colours that create ‘lasting beauty and protection’ would stimulate young minds to create, develop and achieve more.
In order to give 68 schools that atmosphere, Berger approached companies to each sponsor the paint for at least two schools. However, CIBC First Caribbean chose to support eight schools. St Lucy Primary was adopted by the bank’s Speightstown branch; Westbury Primary by Broad Street; Vauxhall Primary by Sheraton; Luther Thorne by the Rendezvous Finance Centre; Christ Church Girls by Oistins while St Catherine’s Primary, Erdiston Special School and Hilda Skeene Primary were all adopted by the bank’s country management committee.
Twenty-one schools were adopted by other companies. During the project’s launch at Westbury Primary School recently, Mahase said CIBC FirstCaribbean’s involvement had exceeded expectations, and he hoped this would encourage and inspire further support.
Parent-teacher associations (PTAs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are also involved in the beautification project. Members of the schools’ PTAs are expected to provide the manpower for most of the painting. However, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Director of Retail Banking Channels Michelle Whitelaw said the bank was embracing the project under its Adopt-a-Cause umbrella and so branch staff members would help to paint the schools which they had adopted.
Ms Christina Morris who represented the Ministry of Education at the launch welcomed the private sector’s help to transform the classrooms. (PR)