Give Back Programme for students officially launched with new app
Senator Kay McConney and Minister Santia Bradshaw at the Give Back Programme launch.
In 2018, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) government reinstated the policy of paid tuition for Barbadian students at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus.
A part of the free tuition incentive, it is compulsory for students to take part in the ‘Give Back Programme’ which requires hours of volunteer work. Students of the UWI, the Barbados Community College and the Erdiston College must complete 150 hours if they are full time students and 100 hours if they part time students, in order to graduate.
At the launch of the programme, students were informed about the programme and introduced to the mobile app which will accompany it. The app allows students to register for the programme, monitor their engagement, track their hours of volunteer work and to get feedback on their performance.
The Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw shared an experience with students at the launch about her time at the Barbados Community College where she and her colleagues formed a group called “Envision”- a group which visited the prison and worked with persons whose families were incarcerated.
The Minister said although it was not an official programme such as the 'Give Back', she believes it had a positive impact on those involved.
It is on this basis, Bradshaw said, that she has high hopes for the Give Back Programme.
Minister Bradshaw said she wants the initiative to become a national movement considering the number of tertiary students has increased since the reimplementation of government funded tuition.
She encouraged the students in attendance of the launch to promote the programme, especially with their friends.
According to Senator Kay McConney, Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology, the programme will create more well-rounded students.
Students can visit www.gov.bb/giveback for registration of the Give Back Programme.