Students advised to reflect on what makes them proud Dominicans

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Students advised to reflect on what makes them proud Dominicans by: – November 2, 2011 284 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share Sidney Jules being awarded by Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritThis year’s island scholar Sidney Jules has advised students at the National Youth Rally to reflect on what makes them proud to be Dominican.The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports held the annual National Youth Rally at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium where several students were awarded for excelling in academics as well as sports.Sidney Jules, who was the 2011 valedictorian of the Dominica State College and the Youth Speaker for this morning’s proceedings, engaged the students for a few minutes with positive thinking which he says can lead to a more fulfilling life. “I wish to engage you in some positive thinking for living a more fulfilling life as we observe our 33rd year of Independence, let us take the opportunity to reflect on what makes us proud to be Dominican and in the process, unite to create a better Dominica for ourselves.”Jules further urged students that they should never allow failure to hold them down.“As a young person life may often seem like an unsolved jigsaw puzzle or an unassembled car; it is then that we should attempt to get our lives in order. Visualize what you want in life and work hard towards it but at the same time be mindful of the fact that nothing in life comes easy and nothing can hold us back. There is a popular saying “dream big; reach for the sky” but how often is it said make sure you build your steps to the sky carefully or well? Whether you are from Roseau, Grand Bay, La Plaine, Dublanc or anywhere else in Dominica it matters not where you come from because you are responsible for getting your life in order and you will succeed once you have the will power to do so.”Vieille Case Primary thrilled the crowd with their creative salute to Prime Minister Skerrit.Meantime the Minister with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sports told the students that they are part of the key sectors within society and should therefore take their role as productive members of society. “All of you here today I must say are vibrant and dynamic and together you constitute the key sectors of our society. More than ever, you are exposed to knowledge and advancements in technology that define your generation and should infuse you with an enthusiasm to take up your role as productive members of society.”Minister Charles while noting that the Dominican media often portrays young people as self absorbed, they should be comforted by the fact that their parents, schools and government knows otherwise.“Unfortunately in the main stream Dominica media you are often portrayed as a self absorbed and apathetic, disinterested in the common good or in advancing social goals. However, those of us who know you well; your teachers, principals, youth workers, parents and indeed this government which has taken and will continue to take an interest in the advancement of Dominica’s youth know that this is not factual,” she said.There were several special performances by the Convent High School, the Castle Bruce Secondary School, the Purple Dragon Academy and the Goodwill Secondary High School among others.The highlight of the morning was the march past in which the students saluted Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, many of whom added very creative salutes making the event an exciting one.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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