This was the admonition of Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, to the students of the St. Pauls Primary School during a visit to the learning institution.
The students were urged by Dr. Douglas to prepare themselves to make a contribution to the development of their community and the twin-island Federation.
He further admonished them to be aware of what is happening in the community generally, “because the day is going to come when each of you in your own right will be called upon to carry out responsible tasks in building not only this community, but in building our country, St. Kitts and Nevis,” added Dr. Douglas, whose visit to the school was part of the celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the government’s fourth straight term of office.
During the visit, Prime Minister Douglas, who is also the Parliamentary Representative for the area, used the opportunity to have discussions with the newly-appointed Head Teacher, Mr. John Gumbs and to look at the construction work that is ongoing in improving the infrastructure of the school.
“The expansion works include a new computer room, a new reading room and a reconfiguration of the staff and headmaster’s office and some general work to make the students and teachers more comfortable,” said Dr. Douglas following a tour of the construction area.
“Looking at some of the immediate needs, some work started in preparation for an indoor auditorium which has not been completed and which I believe is very, very urgent and so I have endeavoured to pursue this as a little project to ensure that it is completed on time so that in the future when the school is holding activities like its Speech Day, it can be held in-doors rather than out-doors,” said Dr. Douglas, who noted that the same building of the school is used by the community.
“Churches hold services there and generally when people may not want to use the spacious St. Paul’s Community Center, they use the school’s auditorium here and so it needs to be properly done and I have endeavoured to ensure that it is properly done,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who expressed pleasure with the school.
“It holds great memory and history for this country. It is here at the St. Paul’s Primary School – though originally it was located in a different place – that our first Premier and First National Hero, The Right Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw attended school. In fact it is this school – the St. Paul’s Primary School – that he had his entire formal education and so this school holds history and memory. It is also the school that I myself attended and having the distinction of being the Second Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Douglas, who won re-election as the Parliamentary Representative for a sixth term.