What do the crossing guard, lifeguards, the environmental health officer, and fire officers have in common? Ask students of the Arthur Smith Primary School and the answer you receive should be, “They all keep us safe”. On Friday, February 14 when others were celebrating Valentine’s Day with hearts and flowers, students of the St. Matthias based school were shown love from members of their “village” under the school’s African Awareness theme for 2020, It Takes a Village to Teach a Child.
Crossing Guard, Rosemary Lucas got the showing of love off to a start in the morning as she spoke to students of Nursery and Reception about being safe on the road. In the afternoon, students from the rest of the school received visits from lifeguards, the environmental health officer, and fire officers from the Worthing Fire station. All spoke under the general theme, People Who Keep Us Safe.
School principal Jenifer Hoyte was full of praise for the day’s proceedings and thanked the presenters for giving off their time to the students, noting that the African proverb “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” needed to be upheld as a tenet of society.
Stacia Burrowes, Infants B teacher and coordinator of the It Takes a Village to Teach A Child initiative, explained: “In 2020, when we as a nation are discussing a diasporic gathering for We Gatherin’, we thought that it was necessary to gather the resources of our village to help us teach our students.”
The African Awareness Celebrations at Arthur Smith Primary School continue until March 25 when it will host its African Dress and Village Walk. Weekly presentations are expected to continue until then. (SB)