The Roosevelt Douglas Primary School, the only primary level educational institution on island named after a former Prime Minister, and international statesman, will, on Friday, October 14th, 2016 celebrate “Roosevelt Douglas Day” in grand style at the school grounds.
This commemorative occasion is organized by the school biennially and aims to highlight the outstanding contributions made to the town of Portsmouth, the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Caribbean region at large, by the late Honorable Roosevelt “Rosie” Douglas under the theme “Rosie’s Legacy Lives On.”
A number of Rosie themed memorabilia and artifacts will be on display, as well as the launching of a music album by one of Rosie’s long time friends. The highlight of this event will be a dramatic presentation on the life of Rosie by a few individuals who followed him closely.
The state of the art, first-rate learning institution officially opened its doors as the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School on April 22nd, 2009 after the original school (Portsmouth Government School) was extensively damaged by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake on November 21st, 2004. The new, impressive structure was a gift from the Regional Council of Martinique. A well-deserved gift to the people and town of Portsmouth one would say, as
Rosie had been advocating for stronger ties with the French islands years before.
This year marks 16 years since Rosie passed on, having held the office of Prime Minister for a mere eight months. Irrespective of that short lived stint as our country’s leader, Douglas left an indelible mark on Dominica’s political landscape stemming from his years as an activist in the 1970’s right throughout his ascendancy to the leadership of the Dominica Labour Party in 2000.
The Honorable Roosevelt Skerritt, Minister for Education Honorable Petter St. Jean, Parliamentary Representative for the town of Portsmouth Honorable Ian Douglas and parliamentary representatives from neighboring communities, Chief Education Officer Melena Fontaine are among those expected to be in attendance to mark this auspicious occasion.
Current principal of RDPS, Teddy Wallace, says that “this event serves as a reminder of the sterling contribution rendered by Hon. Rosie Douglas to the town of Portsmouth and Dominica by extension.”
It is indeed a most fitting way for staff, students, parents and residents of Portsmouth collectively shout “Viva Rosie, Viva!”