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A new Social Progress Index
(SPI) report has found that coun-
tries in Latin America and the
Caribbean have "exceeded expec-
tations" by over-performing on
social indicators, but placed T&T
at 47 out of 132 countries meas-
In a media release yesterday, vice
chair of the board of the Social
Progress Imperative, Roberto Artavia,
said Caribbean countries were
demonstrating "impressive social
"However, one of the most com-
pelling findings is the extent to which
personal safety problems blight the
region---an ongoing and acute issue
for many citizens across Latin Amer-
ica and the Caribbean," he said.
The indices were highlighted on
Thursday at the Skoll World Forum
on Social Entrepreneurship.
The index also found countries in
Latin America and the Caribbean
scored poorly across a number of
measures especially the issue of per-
sonal safety and access to higher
"The index which measures social
progress strictly using outcomes of
success does not consider how much
effort a country makes. For instance,
how much a country spends on
healthcare is much less important
than the health and wellness actually
achieved by that country. Hence,
economic development alone is an
incomplete strategy," the report stat-
ed.Executive director of the Social
Progress Imperative Michael Green
said the economic growth did not
automatically lead to social progress.
"The Social Progress Index shows
that if we are to tackle problems
such as poverty and inequality eco-
nomic growth alone is not enough,"
The SPI showed a disparity
between a country s gross domestic
product (GDP) ranking and its social
progress ranking, which made T&T
the "most under-performing country
in the region."
"Some of the wealthiest nations,
USA 16th fell behind Canada seventh
and Australia tenth, were shown to
be struggling with the environmental
component of social progress and
despite a lower level of per capita
GDP, Jamaica performs better than
China on the index," the report stat-
T&T ranks 47 in
Social Progress Index
CHARLES KONG SOO
Chairman of the Dr Eric Williams
Memorial Committee Reginald
Vidale says discipline will return
to schools if Williams legacy was
taught in the curriculum.
He was speaking at the 33rd annu-
al wreath laying ceremony for the
nation s first prime minister Dr Eric
Williams, at the heliport in
Vidale said, "In recent times we
have been noticing an upsurge in
violence and gross indiscipline in
our nation s schools.
"With students, female students
at that, fighting and students fighting
teachers and all sort of indiscipline
that is not worth mentioning.
"And today as a nation we must
hold our head in shame and dis-
He said on the eve of Independ-
ence, August 30, 1962, Williams
addressed a rally of schoolchildren
at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-
Spain, and reminded them that the
future of the nation was in their
school bags and not the reverse, and
today you see the exact opposite of
what he expected.
Vidale said he asked the Ministry
of Education to place a portrait of
Williams and a CD of his speech in
every school, however, his request
was turned down.
He said as it was 33 years since
Williams passing, it was easier to
forget his legacy and memory than
to have a materially-driven society
with no values or standards.
Vidale called on all school prin-
cipals and teachers to preserve and
protect Williams legacy for the chil-
dren of the nation.
He said when that was done, the
people will see a return to the kind
of discipline that would make the
Republic of T&T a better place.
Minister of National Diversity and
Social Integration Rodger Samuel
said his ministry had embarked with
the three premiere universities, UWI,
UTT and USC, to put together a cur-
riculum based on the collective works
of historians that can be taught from
primary, secondary and tertiary level.
Vidale said a monument to
Williams will be erected soon at Har-
ris Promenade, San Fernando, facil-
itated by Mayor Navi Muradali.
Author and historian Michael
Anthony was awarded the Father of
the Nation Medal of Honour Gold
at the event.
legacy in schools
...to end violence
Two T&T regiment officers stand at attention at the portrait of Dr Eric Williams, during the ceremony
commemorating the 33rd anniversary of his passing, which was held at the heliport in Chaguaramas
yesterday where Dr Williams was laid to rest. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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