US Embassy donates books to Salybia Primary School

Principal of the Salybia Primary School Kathleen Jno-Lewis (left) with Andrea Hillyer - Political, Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy

On Tuesday August 2, 2011 the Salybia Primary School received a donation of reading books from the United States Embassy in Barbados.

Over the past three years, the U.S. Embassy has embarked on such a program throughout the Eastern Caribbean and has so far donated approximately 2,700 books regionally; hoping to reach a 3,000 benchmark soon.

In her short address to the students and staff; Andrea Hillyer – Political, Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy, said the U.S. Government emphasizes the importance of education not only to the development of individuals but to the uplifting of nations. She reiterated that education builds democracy and promotes freedom of expression. Thus her government’s continued support of educational endeavors through donations and scholarship programs.

Ms. Hillyer made mention of the Indigenous Scholarship program (Fulbright), from which a former teacher of the School recently benefited, as well as a Regional High School Essay Competition which a Kalinago student won.

The books donated are mainly about Native Americans and other indigenous tribes living in the United States. The staff and students warmly welcomed the donation and expressed their gratitude towards the gesture.

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10 Comments

  1. KAKAR-FARM
    October 6, 2011

    WHY NOT A COUPLE OFF VISAS????? BUY WHERE THEY GET THAT WOMAN NOR..SHE LOOKING LIKE A SPANISH ESCORT.

  2. Reason
    October 6, 2011

    Chaves of Venezuela gave the Kalinago people a whole modern school…..and the great US of A runs along behind and gives a couple boxes of books. Well, well, well!

  3. October 6, 2011

    US Embassy Donates Books… US Should Be Signing UN Agreements Instead Of The Book Jester Biz, Plus Those Books Are American Books And Not Realy True Proper English Any Ways. Next Will Be The English Embassy Who Ain’t Worth A Crap To.. Dominica Educational Books Usualy Come From England Anyways… What Are They Trying To Do Lower The Childrens English Skill To ? ..To Funnnieee Like A Tiskette, Taskette In A Baskette Joke ! They Should Have Just Sent Computers & The Ministers Of Education Can Load Their Own Educational Programs If Need Be.

  4. DOMINICAN/ANTIGUAN
    October 5, 2011

    TELL THE US EMBASSY WE NEED MORE THAN BOOKS,AND STOP THE REFUSAL OF VISITORS VISA FOR HONEST HARD WORKING PEOPLE WHO WANTS TO VISIT THEIR FAMILY IN THE USA.

  5. laughing cow
    October 5, 2011

    Good piece of writing! Well put together!

    Good reporting DNO!

  6. tete kalbas
    October 5, 2011

    Can’t we think a little positive sometimes??

    Let’s put aside all negativity!! The Kalinago people; being an Indigenous tribe, also need to know about other indigenous ppl in the world. Why not start in the schools??

    Very good gesture! Hats off!

  7. ineedfree
    October 5, 2011

    it’s not our fault to be on the alert when they make gestures to indigenous peoples. History has left a bad taste in our pots.

    It’s time the Kalinago people make same serious demands for reparations.

  8. van
    October 5, 2011

    Nice gesture. By why are books mainly about American indians etc, when the USA have treated their indigenous people in the same light as the aborigines are/were treated by the invaders of their land?

    • look it
      October 5, 2011

      bcase the may well be related???

      • van
        October 6, 2011

        We are all related, because life came out of Africa!

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