Minister Hensley Visits Nevisian Students

Nevis Students In Trinidad

Nevis Students In Trinidad

Charlestown, Nevis
June 06, 2008

Minister of Social Transformation in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel, in a televised interview on NTV’s Channel 8 on June 04, 2008, spoke of the importance of training on his return from a recent trip to Trinidad, where he met with residents of Nevis who were undergoing skills-training there, courtesy of the NIA.

Minister Daniel said the initiative by the Administration was part of its quest to promote and facilitate personal development of the people of Nevis.

“Education and training represent our first priority, our second priority and our third priority,” he said.

Mr. Daniel highlighted that such development could reap great benefits for the trainees and hoped that others would be encouraged to do the same.

“These young men and women are going to be in a position to become entrepreneurs and that is something that we are pushing as well and they are going to be in a position to raise their self esteem.  When you are trained and you are competent in some area, it raise feelings of self worth and builds your confidence and puts them in a position to be role models for other young people,” Mr. Daniel said.

According to the Minister, the team of 17, which consisted of 16 males and one female, were currently being trained in construction and its allied professions as well as in auto-mechanics.

“In discussions with them, they are very, very happy with the course that is being offered to them.  We have trainees in electrical engineering, training in masonry, carpentry and training in auto-mechanics and plumbing and all of these are critical skills needed to underlay the economic and social development of Nevis,” Minister Daniel said.

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Nevis Premier Urges Student Involvement In Music

Charlestown Primary School - Iron Band

Charlestown Primary School – Iron Band

Charlestown, Nevis
May 30, 2008

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Joseph Parry urged students on the island to continue their involvement in music and cited that it would keep them away from idleness and trouble.

Mr. Parry made the call on May 28, 2008 at Musical Expose 2008 which was held at the Netball Complex in Charlestown. The event which was created by Music tutor the late Mr. Herald Sutton in 2006 was organised by the Department of Education. It featured performances from every school on the island and showcased the student’s musical talent and demonstrated the role of the Music Department in their development.

“If you love music it helps to save your mind it relaxes you and it makes you a better person. I believe as well that as we are growing up that young people should not just focus on academic education but to be roundly educated. You need to do a number of things including sports and leisurely affairs and certainly music.

“As you get yourselves embroiled in music, as you get yourselves involved in various forms of music, it also takes you away from idleness, it takes away from some of these activities that can get you into serious trouble,” he said.

The Minister also thanked the music tutors for their hard work.

Meantime, Principal Education Officer on Nevis Mrs. Jennifer Hodge in an interview with the Department of Information on May, 29, 2008 summed up the performances as “fabulous” and of particular delight were the steel pan renditions.

She also pointed to the performance of the Charlestown Primary School’s Iron Band. She said the school had capatilised on the craze and was the first to have an iron band.

 “They did great they sang the popular “Focus” calypso and adapted it to the Test of Standards and fractions and it was ingenious, clever,” she said.

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Nevis Students Urged To Use Regional Education Programs

Mr. Chesley Manners

Mr. Chesley Manners

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resources Mr. Chesley Manners, called on Nevisians who wished to pursue studies abroad to take advantage of opportunities available to them at learning institutions in the Region and not be swayed by the glamour of television, to pursue studies further a field.
 
Mr. Manners made the comment during an interview with the Department of Information on May 16, 2008. 
 
“We must make the appeal and it must be a passionate appeal for our students to attend our regional institutions especially when it’s not necessary to go further afield. Of course you know that there are good institutions far and wide but I think it is important that we send the message that we have a regional institution that we must support, our governments have to support it and we must encourage our youngsters to go there.
 
“We have students of course on the three campuses at Mona, St. Augustine and Cave Hill and we want to see more students coming on board because our regional institution the University of the West Indies, delivers quality training and we get a unique opportunity to be drawn closer to our brothers and sisters from some of the other islands and this can enhance the integration movement,” he contended.
 
With regard to the opportunities available in Cuba, Mr. Manners was of the view that Nevisians were passing up a unique educational opportunity that was offered by the Cuban government.

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St. Kitts – Nevis Students Ask The Question…..

“Where is all the money going?”

“WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY GOING?” she questioned. This Concern is from a female
student abroad at university.
The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis (DBSKN) offers loan packages mainly for
students to pursue a first Degree.
– A maximum of US$25, 000 for three to four year programs
– A maximum of US$15, 000 for two year programs
– A maximum of US$10,000 for one year programs
Students are encouraged to pay interest accrued during the period of study. Interest is
presently charged at a rate of 9% per annum.

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