One hundred and seventy five recipients benefited from the monetary contribution provided by the Republic of China (Taiwan) under the Human Resources Development Programme totalling US$100,000.
At a presentation ceremony, Dr. Douglas told the primary, secondary, Nevis Sixth Form and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College students it is an investment in their future.
Dr. Douglas said “you are here today, but you are our future prime ministers, our future doctors, lawyers, accountants, journalists, civil servants, engineers, hotel managers and hotel supervisors, businessmen and women, parliamentarians and sportsmen and women. Therefore you must prepare yourselves wisely. You must prepare yourself well.”
He also said the investment is also to ensure that the environment for learning is there and that they can find the necessary assistance and support that will make each of them successful in school and be ready to assume the leadership roles and responsibilities in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador Miguel Tsao in brief remarks at the ceremony held at the Basseterre High School Auditorium noted he is the proud father of two sons who have just begun college in Taiwan and loudly proclaim that one graduated from high school right here in St. Kitts.
The Taiwanese diplomat stated “I therefore know how proud a parent must feel if his or her children stay out of trouble and are excelling in school. I am sure the Honourable Prime Minister also shares my sentiments as he is also a proud father too. I know both his son and daughter are outstanding and Harvard graduates.”
Mr. Tsao thanked Prime Minister Douglas for inviting the Government of the Republic of China “in this meaningful undertaking and I am grateful for your leadership and for investing in vital human-capital with our joint effort.”
He pointed out that the Ministry of Education and his Embassy over the years have worked closely together on some projects which include the scholarship programme, the cultural performance, and today’s Human Resource Development Project.
Ambassador Tsao also said “to teachers, parents, and most important of all the students who are here today: congratulations! The achievements of students are the result of their discipline and hard work, the love and support of your parents, and the instruction and guidance of your teachers.”
He concluded by expressing his Government’s commitment to working with St. Kitts and Nevis in this fundamental task of nurturing the bright minds and much needed talents of the future.
“In this increasingly integrated global village, I am sure both Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis can benefit greatly in the future from the ever-growing number of exchanges between the young people of our two countries,” said Ambassador Tsao.