PM Skerrit calls for more teaching of Dominica’s history at schools

PM Skerrit addressing the function. Photo: DDA

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is encouraging the teaching of more of local history at schools in Dominica, saying the children should know more about the island’s cultural heritage.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony of Dominica’s 40th Independence/Reunion 2018 activities held at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday, he called for parents to play a greater role in the education of their children, questioned whether enough prayer is being said at schools and raised concerns about the environment and littering.

“I have said, and I will say it again this evening, that at our primary and secondary schools in Dominica there are just too many academics subjects our children are exposed too,” he said. “We need to ensure that we teach our children the history of Dominica, the history of our Caribbean and to also expose our children to the cultural heritage of our country.”

According to Skerrit, a student might get 12 and 13 one’s at CXC, which is commendable and this he said must be applauded, “but how much do they know of our cultural heritage?”

“How much do they know of our history? How much do they know of our tradition?” he questioned.

He believed that Dominicans have an obligation, a duty to ensure that succeeding generations can partake in and appreciate the island’s cultural heritage.

“Do we greet each other as we did back in the days? Do our children show respect for seniors in our society as we did before? Do our children greet us on the streets as we did back in the days?” he asked. “One gets the sense that the more developed you get, is the more you relinquish your cultural heritage and I want to caution our country, that it is our cultural heritage that distinguishes us from the rest of the world.”

The Prime Minister also touched on education stating that parents must play a greater role in their children’s education.

“We have left the education of our children only to our teachers and then we blame our teachers if they do not succeed, not recognizing that they spend 19 hours of the day at the homes and in the community, and therefore we in the society, we have a bigger role to play in the education of our children,” he stated.

Skerrit encouraged parents to be part of their PTA’s and called on the clergy to assist in guiding “the young minds in a spiritual and biblical way, where we with regards to prayer in the school.”

“When I went to school we prayed in the morning, we prayed before we went home for lunch, we prayed when we came back from lunch and we prayed when we were leaving for the day,” he noted. “How many times do we pray at schools in the day or in the week?

He said that children should be made to understand that they don’t need fancy things to succeed.

“Let us let our children understand that you do not need to have fancy things to succeed, that no child needs a computer or a tablet to do well, because our children who sat the CXC this year with no lights, no internet, no roofs did very well in the Caribbean,” he remarked.

Meantime, he raised concerns as it relates to the environment and littering.

“It is almost like we in Dominica, we pride ourselves in littering our country. That unless the country does not look dirty we are not satisfied, we have to dumb more along the streets, and the valleys, rivers and beaches of Dominica,” Skerrit remarked.

He stated that one cannot boast to the world that Dominica is the nature island of the Caribbean, merely by the trees and the rivers and natural beauty and fauna.

“We must do more to protect and preserve our nature, our environment and therefore we need to ask ourselves, are we doing enough as a nation to keep Dominica clean and to keep Dominica beautiful?” he asked.

Skerrit went on to say that back in the days people had small homes, “but every one of our homes was clean and had beautiful flowers surrounding it.”

“Let us go back to these days, yes we have bigger homes now, but we need to beautify those homes, beautify those streets, and beautify our country so that we all can be proud of our beautiful country,” he said.

The 2018 Reunion Celebrations is celebrated under the theme: “My Love, My Home, My Dominica- Building a Resilient Nation.”

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  1. Karl Orndem
    October 2, 2018

    Tell that to Lennox. First he needs to get his information straight. He had us calling Kalinago Caribs and insisting that they were carnivorous people. Our history as presented by Honeychurch needs to be fact checked instead of us allowing this one man to tell us about our past. I personally have always thought that he made stuff up as he went along. Fore example, the 1979 riots where Patric John was overthrown. All we know according to historians is Patrick was selling Dca to KKK members etc. Have we heard or published patrick john’s side of the story? No but we accept lennox’s account and that of the rest of the Freedom Party’s as facts and is now part of our history.

    • Your auntie brother
      October 2, 2018

      I’m sorry Karl but that power went to Patricks head. We was convicted and sentened for treason you know and I do believe he had a fair trial.

  2. Anonymous
    October 2, 2018

    I’m afraid history will not be kind to Roosevelt Medard Skerrit.

  3. Moostic
    October 2, 2018

    To hate somone then kneel to pray mks u guys worse than satan if u telling me u ppl see it wrong with what the man saying and to give it ur own meaning u all sick one can feal the grudge in u all but guess what the PM ain’t going no where

    • viewsexpressed
      October 2, 2018

      Yes Moo Moo Moostic, we all feel the pain for the state and corrupt practices this so called man, PM has indulged upon us and our poor ailing island. Do not be a Moo Moo, open your damn eyes to see what is happening and smell the coffee. If you are unable to comprehend the truth, go get someone who is not a Moo Moo and mature enough to educate and wake you up to reality. Go take a drive around Roseau and report back to us on DNO where the development is taking place, where the farers are actively involved in agricultural BUSINESS. If yo are unable to do this them you are the real Moo Moo in politics game.
      And one correction, the PM has gone somewhere, some place where they made corruption and Bobol a political subject matter which affects our Dominica severely & our people are in deep poverty. Go do your research first before you come Moo Moo on DNO talking blind allegiance to a fake and failed PM Skerrit.
      Skerrit must Go. he and corrupt Labour governed has failed us. Go open ur…

    • me
      October 2, 2018

      Indeed, the P.M. is going nowhere. He has reached his zenith and crossed the Rubicon 0n his way to Hades, the very repository history records he told his subjects to go to.

  4. Teacher Mildread
    October 2, 2018

    If I were a teacher here is how I would teach the history of Dominica. I would start with when Dominica got its independence, who was the first Prime Minister, who brought his downfall and how the 48 day strike contributed to it. Then I would address the present status of the nations first Prime Minister today, especially under a dlp administration. Then I would teach my students about the sudden death of the second DLP prime Minister, Roosevelt Douglas nine months after he became PM and Yes, I would teach them about the sudden illness and death of the DLP third DLP Prime Minister Pierre Charles. In other words I would teach my students how the 3 PM’s to lead Dominica since independence DID NOT serve a 5year term combined, and Charles Saverin’s role in the the fall of PJ and how Roosevelt Skerrit Buried both Rosie Douglas and Pierro so he and Charles Savarin could use the ignorance of DLP supporters to stay in power. I would teach my students how neither Skerrit nor Savarin are…

  5. Let's Be Nice
    October 2, 2018

    Dominica stinks and stinks bad. The place really sucks man. Nothing is going down well in Da and the sad thing is, probably the three highest paid individuals, the President, the Prime Minister and the House Speaker are the ones that hurting our country. I know many of you will not believe me but let me make it abundantly clear that I am a laborite though I did not vote in the 2014 elections, I was one on the forefront of the DLP. I supported and voted for the Pm in 2005 and 2010 but , I must say that although I still love him I love Dominica even more and right now I don’t like the direction Da is going. With two mighty storms Erika and Maria, the first thing the PM should do is ensure he united the country. By this I mean he should have brought in at least four members of the UWP into his cabinet and refer to the cabinet as a government of national unity. To reelect Charles Savarin, the known divider as President tells me he like the disunity. The Speake OMG where are we going?

  6. musicproducer
    October 2, 2018

    Pardner, why don’t you drill St. Jean and make him understand he is not doing his darn job!!! Don’t waste our time reading this garbage.

  7. onlooker
    October 2, 2018

    We need to teach and educate our children at school on the constitution of Dominica. The laws of the land. This should be introduced at all schools from Primary Education

  8. may
    October 2, 2018

    I love how Q95 programming opens up topics for Skerrit speeches. Did you listen to the program on the forming of the World Music Festival? Now we have Skerrit talking about teaching of Dominica’s history in schools.

  9. October 2, 2018

    That’s great to teach history in schools but wat about teaching of skills.most men especially now want to do welding,construction,operating heavy equipment,woodwork,mechanic,electricals. government need to bring those back to high school if we talking development and modern school’s with better learning CV conditions

  10. viewsexpressed
    October 2, 2018

    “Do we greet each other as we did back in the days? Do our children show respect for seniors in our society as we did before? Do our children greet us on the streets as we did back in the days?” he asked. “One gets the sense that the more developed you get, is the more you relinquish your cultural heritage and I want to caution our country, that it is our cultural heritage that distinguishes us from the rest of the world.”
    Skerrit is a clown, appears absent minded to the reality of how we live in DA. Skerrit is no position to lecture us on decency. You have been practising indecency and corruption for 18 years and please Satan cannot forgive sins, go to confession and get the hell out of government. The good days of LeBlanc, Mamo, Eddie, you have ignored and applied your own disrespect for seniors, children, professionals. So Shut up. “One gets the sense that the more corruption is openly practiced, is the more you Skerrit relinquish your obligation to decency in government. Go away

  11. viewsexpressed
    October 2, 2018

    Skerrit is a big laugh as he attempts to appease people to gain trust from him. Well that ain`t gonna work because the past 18 years Skerrit has never brought us anything qualitative that will make a difference in the lives of our poor people and ailing Domininca. He is a dreamer and extremely incompetent and therefore runs to the media every other day with some weird script drafted for him by some political associate clown, who knows nothing of the state of Dominica’s social-economic situation. This should read “I Skerrit believed that Dominicans have an obligation, a duty to ensure that succeeding generations can partake in and appreciate the island’s cultural heritage.” Who has been killing our political heritage in Domininca. Who wrote this script for failed Skerrit? This what Skerrit wanted to say: He believed that: I had this duty to ensure that succeeding generations can partake in and appreciate the islands laws and good government with no Bobol & thievery”. I have failed…

  12. My Two Cents In
    October 2, 2018

    …(continuing). Why study the history of Dominica? One of the reasons I have personally found after read books on the history of Dominica is that it is very easy for people to go about their every day lives and not be aware why they call places in Dominica the names they call them, or the events that occurred in their local community. We say Dominica is the only island in the Caribbean with the Kalinago, but what were the events and treaty that caused that? One hundred years from now, students will be going about their every day lives. For example, unless they study history, they will not know why they live in climate resilient buildings unlike other countries, just like we in 2018 may not know of the events that occurred one hundred years ago that influenced the way of life in Dominica. Dominica’s history needs to taught in schools to help maintain us knowing who we are (our identity), and to help understand why we live the way we do (our culture).

  13. My Two Cents In
    October 2, 2018

    When my family left Dominica many years ago, the history of Dominica was not taught as a class in schools, even though Dominica was an independent country. I had to take one year of US Virgin Islands history, and one year of US history in high school in the Virgin Islands. I do not know if today if students are required to take one year of Dominica history to graduate, but I wrote the Dominica ministry of education many years ago asking that a class in the history of Dominica be required of students to graduate. I am thankful for the Dominica history tid-bits my mother gave me when I was growing up. Since leaving Dominica, I have read “The Dominica Story” by Dr. Lennox Honychurch, and I am currently reading “In The Forests of Freedom”, also written by Dr. Lennox Honychurch. I also try to read books written by Dominicans or about Dominica. Why study the history of Dominica? …(to be continued)

  14. delbert harry
    October 2, 2018

    É lanj nou poukisa yo pa instwi timoun sa an lékol??? Tjèksyon, Tjèksyon, Tjèksyon.

  15. Kirk
    October 1, 2018

    He wants his name in every text book, on every child’s exercise book n every exam paper. Will tell my son of Nelson Mandela before l tell him who the prime minister of Dominica was when he was born. Time for Dominica to move to the next level.

  16. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 1, 2018

    Something is wrong with Roosevelt; each time he opens his mouth to talk nonsense comes out!

    First of all;  history is defined as a chronological record of significant events which has affected a nation or institution which often includes an explanation of their causes.  It is a treatise presenting systematically  related natural phenomena. History is simply recorded events that records and explains past events.

    I do not see what that has to do with cultural heritage; I do not know the definition of that, nevertheless heritage could mean something that is handed down from one generation to another generation, such as land, or even a disease.

    I do not know how that guy could be employed to teach English in a junior college; the man is an idiot! If you want Dominica history taught in Dominica schools, a history curriculum must be prepared at different levels, actually for the moment; kindergarten, elementary, secondary and junior college level, and an advance level.


  17. Remember Colonialism and Slavery
    October 1, 2018

    Kalinago history, Taino history, and the various African histories brought to Wai-tu kubuli by The Middle Passage and chattel slavery are Dominica’s history. Not Christianity.

    • Anonymous
      October 2, 2018

      Teaching of our history cannot be selective. Otherwise you end up like N Korea, where the teaching of national history is used as propaganda for its leadership.

    • viewsexpressed
      October 2, 2018

      We need religion, we need Christianity. I am all for it, because Domininca is Chrisian Island albeit with other aspects of worship, for eg, Rastafarian, they too can teach u what their culture and faith means. e are a diverse people and we welcome all.
      But, we do not welcome Skerrit and his failed bobol Labour Team. They have committed sins by the abuse of our resources. I have no idea yet, which religion or faith he m and his stooges can go to for repentance and repay Domininca all of its stolen resources in cash or in kind.

  18. %
    October 1, 2018

    Teaching our history is just the beginning….We also need to teach lessons on our constitution,and to call out and rebuke by name those who have reduced it to nothing.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

  19. Hmmmm
    October 1, 2018

    I would like the ministry of education to take a look at the book called Dominica being sold and used in school and tell me it that book in urgent need of an upgrade. New information. Current information. I honestly wonder why that book is still being used at school. Before u disagree with me read the book first then tell me if I wrong.

  20. %
    October 1, 2018

    Of course we must teach our history at all schools,together with lessons on our CONSTITUTION..We must teach the students that at no time must our constitution be violated, especially by lazy showmen and buffoons posing as leaders.We must not hesitate to tell them they shall never say the constitution cannot prevent them from violating the law,and we must call out by name idiots and MISLEADERS who have vocalised that ..
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

  21. Rat Race
    October 1, 2018

    The real History not “His Story”
    Lets start from the beginning on how the Indigenous people were robbed and treated as second class citizens. Then, how the Asta and Nassi Etc took over because our people are too greedy and lazy. That will give the younger and upcoming generation a clear understanding of how and why Dominica is how it is today.

  22. It's Me Again
    October 1, 2018

    Does Skerrit really want our children to know the history of Dominica? Skerrit just keeps mocking the ignorance of the Dominican people. Skerrit, part of the history of Dominica is about the battles that were fought and won at the Cabrits. More blood was shed at the Cabrits than anywhere else in Dominica. It was because of that The Cabrits was made and seen as a National park. During my days at school we visited the Cabrits several times. Yet Mr Skerrit took that sacred park and gave it to foreign crooks, with our Passports, in exchange for his hotel. He destroyed our history and today he wants our history to be taught? History of our stupidity?

    • RandyX
      October 2, 2018

      Very well stated. Kicking this dictator of his high horse would definitely go down in the history of Dominica. He is the worst leader that Dominica had, in every respect.

  23. Channel 1
    October 1, 2018

    As part of this “more teaching of Dominica’s history at schools”, the history teachers must always remember to let their students know that Hurricane Skerrit was the worst disaster that occurred in Dominica during the period 1978 – 2018.

    • %
      October 1, 2018

      You notice this evil creature left out “the teaching of our constitution”?. That’s how hypocrite and deceptive this creature is.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  24. U are a HYPOCRITE
    October 1, 2018

    “he called for parents to play a greater role in the education of their children, questioned whether enough prayer is being said at schools and raised concerns about the environment and littering.”

    Skerrit is such a big hypocrite that knows how to use the ignorance of religious people for his advantage. Did he question if enough prayer is being said at school? Is he serious? But Skerrit in the United States prayer is not said at schools at all and yet, that’s where you chose to give birth to your children. Did he also say that more history of Dominica should be taught at schools? Really? So why not meet with your education minister and chief education officer and have them to do just that? But you don’t want the children to know our history at all. Does he want them to know that the man that crippled the young baby called Dominica in 1979, was Charles Savrin with a 48 day strike and today, he rewards him with the presidency. Also, that’s the same Savrin that destroyed the DLP…

    • %
      October 2, 2018

      He ran away from telling us that we need to teach the children about our constitution.He is indeed a hypocrite.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

  25. DEE
    October 1, 2018

    ”i have said that at our primary and secondary schools in Dominica , there are just too many acadamics subjects our children are exposed to” .
    ” not recognizing that they spend 19hrs of the day at the homes and in the community ”
    ” children should be made to understand that they dont need fancy things to succeed ”
    ”no child needs a computer or a tablet to do well ”
    “that unless the country does not look dirty we are not satisfied ”
    back in the days people had small homes but every one of our homes was clean and had beautiful flowers surrounding it .
    I will not dissect anything , but digest them .

  26. Floridian Diaspora
    October 1, 2018

    I fully agree with you mr wonderful pm. We do need more of our local history to be tought at schools, especially that of your failed regime. These kids need to be done with the brainwashing and be tought how you and your cabal have failed this country big time and that there will be no jobs for them after school therefore no future for them in Dominica. Teachers need to expose your lies and deception that exist underneath that devilish smile and satanic practices of yours. In fact I think there needs to be a new subject at schools named “18 years of poverty under labor”.

  27. Liz M
    October 1, 2018

    We also need African History in addition to Dominican History taught at school.

  28. Ibo France
    October 1, 2018

    HYPOCRITE you are! If Mr. Skerrit knows and cherishes the history and cultural norms of Dominica, would he have sold the indigenous parrots so thoughtlessly? Imagine, these birds can be found no place else in the entire universe but Dominica still Sherrie has expatriated these symbols of our national sovereignty to a European country. Which other country or leader has done such a irresponsible and unpatriotic act? Under this current administration, Dominica is a truly unique country. Unique in its propensity to do insanely unthinkable stuff.

  29. DEE
    October 1, 2018

    What a speach ein .
    So allu mean to tell me, those close to Mister, not seeing he really need help .
    Addressing the pubic these days he is so confusing .
    I am concerned.

  30. LifeandDeath
    October 1, 2018

    Not to his own children tho..He don’t think they should be educated as such..they will learn the American History instead.
    A sign that the man has no real interest in the’s all lip service..he says things he thinks Dominicans want to hear..but who is really listening ?
    Do as I say and do not do as I do..Even Skerrit himself have no pride in his Country..he has lost his way entirely and is merely holding on by any means necessary to buffer the repercussions of his mismanagement. But do not be dismayed as he plays his own self for a fool..’cause a man can do more than his share but never never more than his time!!…Stupes!!!

  31. Badbaje
    October 1, 2018

    When I attended high school we had history texts about the history of our island, the region and the world. The island and it’s history is of the utmost important and should be taught to each and every student at some level.

  32. viewsexpressed
    October 1, 2018

    Skerrit is advocating that: (LOL) “We need to ensure that we teach our children the history of Dominica, the history of our Caribbean and to also expose our children to the cultural heritage of our country.”
    We need to expose our children to the cultural heritage of massive corruption of our country by a failed and very corrupt Prime Minister.” Skerrit is advocating this that our children do not grow that bobol and corruption are dirty subjects not linked to History or social studies, but leads to corruption that should convict any Prime Minister of a small island to a prison term to be cleansed of bobol and corruption in high office. It is the planned and deliberate thievery of abuse in high office at the level of the Prime Minister1s office, while his ministers and acolytes stand back with gleam faces as this PM cannot be touched. Well he will be pushed out of office. Go away.
    Parents please keep y9ur children at far distance form this failed PM and his corrupt labout Government.

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