<<< The soon to be gone Education Minister Carl ‘UNDERNOURISHED’ Bethel and Prime Minister Hubert ‘Papa Doc’ Ingraham speak with Salina Point Primary school Principal Myrtle Rolle (right), during their visit to the Acklins school. Bethel looks like he’s punch drunk. (BIS Photo/Sharon Turner)
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SALINA POINT, Acklins – They sang the well known primary school song, “I am a Promise, I am a Possibility,” as Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham re-affirmed to the students of Salina Point Primary school– that they can indeed make their dreams come true. This visit occurred in 2009.
“You can be anything you want to be in this country,” Mr. Ingraham told the group of primary school students.
“You have the opportunity to learn while you are in school, and look at me – I am the Prime Minister of The Bahamas.
“I was in a school like you, not with as many buildings as you have,” he continued. “We had far fewer buildings and far fewer teachers.” The nation’s chief encouraged the youngsters to become avid readers, telling them that he learns something new everyday because he is a reader.
The Prime Minister, along with a delegation of Cabinet Ministers traveled to Acklins to view the extent of roadwork needs to be addressed by the Government. On their trek from Spring Point to Salina Point, Mr. Ingraham and his Ministers visited the students, who told of their dreams of becoming carpenters, doctors, teachers, actors, officers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and in the case of one young man – the Prime Minister.
School Principal Myrtle Rolle shared a few dreams of her own with the Prime Minister, which included the hiring of a teacher’s aide, the provision of a laptop computer and projector, as well as tools to tend to the school’s garden. The school recently received two brand new desktop systems for its computer room.
Mr. Ingraham committed to fulfilling those requests, advising the school’s Principal to identify a suitable person in the community to be brought on as a teacher’s aide.
The Prime Minister and his delegation toured the campus to assess the space available for additional classroom blocks before completing their tour of Acklins and subsequent tour of Ragged Island.