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Contact: Adhara King


Friday,  January 20, 2012 –As part of celebrations marking Nobel Laureate Week 2012, the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour will host the National Awards of Excellence on Tuesday January 24th.


Curricular Education Officer with the Ministry of Education Dr. Anthony Felicien describes the ceremony as an affirmation- a celebration- of the many successes in the education system. “By way of our successes, we are recognizing the achievements of students in local and regional examinations. Our top performers at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, our winners of various competitions within the school system, the contribution of dedicated workers, especially our retirees.”


By recognizing the efforts of outstanding performers, Dr. Felicien believes that the Ministry highlights best practices that may be adopted as models to follow.    ‘It motivates top performers to continue doing their best knowing that their efforts are appreciated, and it challenges others to match and surpass the high level of performance.    We feel that those achievements are noteworthy. We have to try to sustain this legacy; we have to try to chart our future by at least exposing our students to those who have excelled. And instead of focusing on the negatives that our students and young people may be lured by, we focus on the positive.”


The ceremony will also recognize contributions in other aspects of school development, Dr. Felicien says, including students' accomplishments in extra curricular activities of sports, arts, culture and general school life.   This year’s activities will all be guided by the theme “Celebrating Excellence : Appreciating Our Past – Charting Our Future”


Meanwhile,  Nobel Laureate Week activities will shift into Kweyol gear on  Sunday January 29th with a cultural activity entitled  “He' Kwi Manmay La”  at the Monchy Park.


Director of the Creole Theatre Workshop, Travis Weekes says the activity will feature the island’s best creole storytellers,  poets,  folk singers and drummers.


 “The idea of it is to place into prominence the culture that really inspired the work and the theatre of Derek Walcott. Derek Walcott has more than once emphasized that its the story telling tradition that he heard as a boy growing up that really had a solid impact on his own ability to tell his stories through the theatre. So we thought that celebrating a national event like Nobel Laureate Week should be an opportunity for the persons in the rural communities to understand their own significance, in terms of the contribution of their ancestry to the excellence of our Nobel Laureates.”

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