Monday, December 7, 2009 – The After School Pilot Project instituted at
the Patience Combined School in October this year, has attracted the support and
praise of Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South, Honourable Jeanine
Compton, as well as that of the funding agency—the Organization of American
Miss Compton says the programme will enrich her young constituents from the
environs of Patience, Mon Repos.
“I must say I am very impressed with the after school programme. It is indeed an
excellent thing that the ministry of social transformation in collaboration with
the OAS is doing. I think it will allow us in the district, as well as the
country, to see the problems we have in our education system—to see where we
fall short and what we can do to amend them,” Ms. Compton said.
The after school programme, currently instituted in Patience Mon Repos, La Maze,
Choiseul and Faux-A-Chaud in Castries South, is the concept of the Ministry of
Social Transformation, Youth and Sports.
OAS representative, Miss Ann Marie Blackman, paid a special visit to the school
Thursday, to observe the programme first-hand.
“The idea is to visit all three communities that are taking part in this pilot
programme. Mon Repos is the first stop, and really and truly the impressions are
most favourable. I have had a chance to observe at least two of the activities,
the IT/ computer programme and also the academic support—reading especially. I
noticed that the children are interested, enthusiastic and very bright,” Miss
The ministry has already forwarded a proposal to relevant agencies with a view
to harnessing support for the expansion of the programme to other areas in Saint