Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 31st 2013 Contents A34
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, August 31, 2013
Jehue Gordon, you are such a disciplined and humble
young man. You must make your mamma and your
papa proud of their boy.
Your people and country will honour you in a
manner befitting your accomplishments. But you are
wise to leave that issue in abeyance until you return
Keep focused on your upcoming race in the Grand
Prix in Belgium next Friday, and aim for the stars.
You can do it.
If Jehue could do it then certainly others can. Way to
One youth wins gold, two youths get lead---tragedy
and victory in the country.
Tim buys 3,300 extra
laptops for St Lucia
A good initiative, a good spin from the ATM card
So will St Lucia hotel drop prices for Trinidadian
when they go for holiday?
Integrity body clears
Monteil in HDC case
The decision of IC is final so forget it folks and let's
This witch-hunt against Mr Andre the poor farmer,
must stop. He is a good man, Mr Duprey says so.
Every morning, Monday to Friday, scores of
residents of Beetham Gardens, Laventille,
head out of their community to work in variety
and hardware stores, households, offices or in a
range of business places.
Yet others have developed skills, including
masonry, carpentry, tiling and plumbing. In addi-
tion, many Beethamites can be seen in the com-
munity itself working on Cepep and
Unemployment Relief Programme projects. Re-
grettably, many of the residents, in applying for
jobs outside of Beetham, have had to adopt the
tactic of providing non-Beetham addresses as
they have found in all too many instances that
prospective employers on hearing that they
were from Beetham had been reluctant to hire
But they were and are determined to forge
ahead and to achieve upward mobility both for
themselves and their children. Others work out
of their homes making pies and sandwiches and
preparing chicken and chips for sale, or in the
case of many women, serve as seamstresses
Indeed, several of the resident seamstresses
have been making uniforms over the years for
girls attending the All In One Child Development
Centre, a preschool at Phase Five, Beetham Gar-
Parents of All In One preschoolers would
meet regularly with the principal, Mrs Charmaine
Anderson, and other teachers after classes to
discuss their children's progress and/or short-
comings. This would require teachers having to
stay back hours after the preschool had knocked
off in order to accommodate the parents, many
of whom work in eight-to-four jobs outside of
Beetham. While it may prove an inconvenience
on occasion, for the teachers, nonetheless, it is a
plus not only for All In One and the parents but
the children as well.
Through the years many graduates of the All
In One Child Development Centre have gone on
to Success Laventille RC, Belmont Boys' RC, St
Ursula's, Nelson Streets Boys and Girls Schools,
Bethlehem Boys and Bethlehem Girls and Dun-
can Street Primary, among others.
Unfortunately, the prejudice against youths
and adults living in Beetham Gardens has been
extended to five-year-olds and this year four of
the children graduating from the All In One Child
Development Centre in July were denied entry
into primary schools, not because of their
grades, which have been good, but because they
resided at Beetham Gardens.
Indeed, on several occasions in past years,
parents for fear of their children being rejected
for admission to certain primary schools, found
it prudent to give non-Beetham addresses.
For the record I am a member of the Board of
All In One and had served for several years be-
tween 1998 and 2006.
The determination of many in Beetham Gar-
dens to forge ahead has been compromised by
the inexcusable violence and other horrible mi-
nuses of all too many in the community. An un-
deniable part of the problem flows from many of
the disaffected youths in Beetham Gardens
being either illegal immigrants or the children of
illegal immigrants. Under T&T's Education Act a
child seeking admission to a state or state-as-
sisted school either has to be born in this coun-
try or had his position regularised.
In all too many cases, whether or not the chil-
dren had been born here, their parents had been
These parents, who were illegal immigrants,
were afraid to seek to have their children, al-
though they (the children) were born here, regis-
tered at state or state-assisted schools, for fear
of their immigration status being revealed and
their being deported. As a result, a sizeable num-
ber of children in Beetham Gardens never re-
ceived a formal education and some can neither
read nor write.
In turn, a few only began the learning process
at adult education classes. There are other con-
tributory factors to the untoward behaviour, not
only in Beetham Gardens, but in other communi-
ties. But I have strayed.
There are scores of people in Beetham Gar-
dens who are committed to improving their
proverbial lot in life and, as noted earlier, have
taken needed steps to achieve this. Increasingly,
more young men and women in Beetham Gar-
dens, guided by the thinking of positive parents
and/or guardians and genuine friends, are seek-
ing out skills training programmes. They should
Beetham Gardens is not only about violence
and the nation should seek to stimulate an in-
crease in good in Beetham, rather than focus on
George F Alleyne
Thursday night on the television news, the CEO of
Bakers flags was lamenting the fact that sales of flags
and bunting for this year's Independence celebrations
were down considerably, and questioned whether this
reflected a poor economy or a loss of patriotism.
During the interview, a red, white and black bunting
with the words "God Bless our Nation" was being
Maybe she would have had greater demand had she
changed the words to "God help our Nation."
do a fancy
staff at the
at the St Clair
The other side of Beetham Gardens
FANCY SAILOR DANCE
'God help our nation'
flags needed instead
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