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Since 2012, the 50th Anniversary of Independence Teachers Credit Union has produced an Education Calendar.
The 2012 calendar celebrated 12 persons who served as Head of State or Heads of Government, between 1962 and 2012. Each
month celebrated one of these 12 persons.
January of that frst calendar was associated with the late Dr.Eric Williams. A photograph of the late Prime Minister appeared on
the upper left quarter of the January page, and on the right half there was a summary of the contribution of Dr. Williams to Trini-
dad & Tobago, with the lower left quarter dealing with the month of January.
Teachers Credit Union proposes that either the 2018 or 2019 Calendar should celebrate 12 persons who during the years 1500 to
1950, made outstanding contributions to our nation. However signifcant the contribution, if it was made after 1950, it will not be
For example, the contributions of the late Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams or of the late President Mr. A.N.R Robinson will not
be entertained as we are dealing only with contributions made between 1500 and 1950, not contributions made after 1950.
Contributions may include Labour, Credit Unionism, Medicine, Education, Law, Politics, Sport, Religion, Art, Science, Mathe-
matics or any other feld of human endeavour.
The Credit Union wishes to involve the Secondary School Students in developing the calendar. We wish to encourage the students
to research the lives of persons who may have contributed to nation building over the 450 years (1500 – 1950), and to submit an
essay on one of these persons for use in the calendar. The essay should be between 300 and 500 words. The student should indi-
cate a source where a drawing or photograph of the person chosen, may be found.
Each of 12 students whose work is selected for inclusion in the calendar will receive a cash prize of $1,250.00.
The student’s work may be edited, but he/she, and the school will be acknowledged in the calendar. Each of the 12 students will
receive 25 calendars, and the schools with which they are associated will each receive 100 calendars.
Entries must be delivered to any of our offces not later than 3:00 pm on Monday 13th November, 2017. Offces are located at:
(1) 68-72 Maraval Road Newtown Port of Spain
(2) 10 Farrah Street San-Fernando
(3) 71 Ojoe Road Sangre Grande 450240
(4) 9 Mc Kay Hill Scarborough Tobago 901028
Entries should be in an envelope addressed to:
THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
TEACHERS CREDIT UNION
No late entries will not be accepted.
Each participating student is asked to print his or her name; the name of his/her school; and the person who is the subject of the
essay in block letters at the top of the frst page of the essay.
This Education Calendar Essay Competition has the approval of the Ministry of Education. Teachers Credit Union thanks all
those students who will consider participating in the production of this calendar.
Management of Teachers Credit Union
TEACHERS CREDIT UNION'S EDUCATION
FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Moonilal backing Kamla in UNC internals
Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal
Moonilal says he will not contest
the leadership of the United Na-
tional Congress (UNC) in the No-
vember 6 internal elections.
Given the current political cli-
mate, Moonilal said the Govern-
ment could collapse in the coming
months and a general election
could follow in the new year.
Therefore, he said the UNC was in
need of unity and he would throw
his support behind the current
leadership, including Opposition
Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar
who he iercely contested against
two years ago.
"At this time in our party, unity
is needed more than gold, given
where we are and the collapse
of the Government. The mass
flooding, uncontrolled crime, cor-
ruption and incompetence; this
Government is on the verge of col-
lapsing and it is a time for the party
to be united, strong and focused,
"It could be a matter of days be-
fore we form the government again
and we must be focused and that
requires a unity of purpose. It is
not a time for division and conflict
as we can have a general election
by the end of this year or early next
year. The current executive, includ-
ing Mrs Persad-Bissesar, has been
there for two years they have done
a good job in the circumstances
of an opposition and they should
be allowed to continue working,"
Vasant still unsure
The 2015 internal elections was
marred by bitterness over the
People's Partnership loss of the
general election months before.
Allegations of corruption, voter
padding and dumped ballots
plagued the process. It was, for
this reason, former leadership
candidate Vasant Bharath was
unsure whether he would con-
"I will be giving serious con-
sideration, but I need to consult
with my team that I have been
working with for the last year,
" Bharath told the Guardian on
He said he will need certain
assurances from whoever is ap-
pointed as the election of icer,
that there will be accountability
in the process.
The internal election will take
place between 8 am and 6 pm.
UNC public relations of icer
Anita Haynes said 18 of the 20
posts will be contested while
the positions of Women's Arm
Of icer and Youth Affairs Of icer
will be contested later on.
Nomination forms would be
available at the UNC Head Of ice,
Exchange Village, Couva, from
October 30 to November 8.
UWI economist: Adopt
plan or face IMF
CHARLES KONG SOO
UWI economist Dr Daren Conrad says if the country
does not implement proper revenue and expenditure
reform it may have no recourse but to go to an interna-
tional lending organization such as the IMF.
He was speaking at The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute
of Social and Economic Studies (Salises) post-budget
forum at the Institute of International Relations, UWI,
St Augustine, on Friday.
Conrad asked the audience "So what do we have to
show from well over US $200 billion of oil revenues
that flowed through the system and our failure to in-
vest and spend it wisely?
"We have crime, theft, inef icient government, bu-
reaucracy, corruption, poor work ethic and insuf i-
cient capacity to innovate.
"We can adopt and implement a iscal consolidation
plan that is comprehensive and growth friendly, but it
will lead in the short run to a short-term contraction
and a level of discomfort that we're not used to."
He said if these conditions continue we will ind our-
selves in about ive years down the same road having
no alternative but to go to an international lending
agency which will then impose a structural adjust-
ment programme on us that we are not wiling to im-
pose on ourselves right now.
Responding to a question about what was the alter-
native to oil and gas, Marla Dukharan, chief econo-
mist, Bitt Inc said what the Government needed to do
was to create a safe and secure environment in which
businesses can flourish.
She said this had to be coupled with a workforce
that was capable and productive along with a foreign
exchange rate that was priced appropriately.
Dr Gabrielle Hosein, UWI lecturer and Head of the
Institute for Gender and Development Studies said
people needed to understand how every iscal policy
had different implications for men, women, boys and
She said even making changes to Gate, tertiary edu-
cation primarily accessed by young women, will have
affects on young women's access to education, econ-
omy and economic autonomy by these plans.
Dr Daren Conrad
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