Celebrate your children and community to save Barbados
(Left) BLP St. Michael South Candidate Kirk Humphrey presenting the supplies and school bag to Latia McClean-John, who attended Bay Primary and is off to Springer Memorial Secondary School in Spetember.
Parents and guardians have been called upon to support and celebrate their children and wards so that they do not seek acceptance and praise in negative corners of our society.
This word of advice came from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Candidate for St. Michael South, Kirk Humphrey.
He told parents in attendance at the BLP’s St. Michael South Back to School programme ceremony under the theme ‘A better life for our children’:
“I think it is important that we celebrate our children because the reality is that our children are living in a world where they have so many things reaching out for them, calling to them every day, and if you don’t celebrate your child and make your child feel special, then the people who are up to something not so good will make your child feel special and will take your child from you and you will not even know when your children are gone.”
He said that it is so easy because in Barbados there is the constant “curse of every generation to say that the generation that is coming after it is the worse and to beat them down.”
But he looked around the Bonnetts Resource Centre and said that we, including himself, have a responsibility to build the children of the constituency up.
He said that as long as he has the opportunity to represent or to try and represent the constituency he will make sure that the constituents “lift our children up, because that is the only way we can save our community and save our country. It really is up to us to make a good example for our children.
"So when I ask you to celebrate your children it is not because it is the style, it is really because we have to save the soul of a country that could possibly be lost.”
To the children who were receiving back-to-school packages having completed the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination back in May of this year, he urged them not to be dissuaded by the negative comments from people about their background and where they come from or grew up.
He said, “The fact is that most of the people who are writing off the Bayland, and Britton’s Hill, and Chelston and Chelsea and all the other areas have never lived in those areas and they do not know the potential of people who live in those areas, they do not know the struggle of people who live in those areas, they do not know the aspirations and the dreams of people in these areas, so who are they to judge? They have no right to judge.”
Therefore, he beseeched parents to take up the mantle and “pour and invest into your children because it will save their lives and it will save Barbados but it will [also] prove all these naysayers wrong.”