THE University of the West Indies (UWI) is working on a new book that will tell the story of Tobago.
The book will be titled Tobago: Its History and Heritage and was proposed by historian and UWI professor Dr Rita Pemberton.
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London said the book has been authorised, adding information about the island’s history is very important.
He said: “One of the things that we have to accept is that there is no history of Tobago where it’s written in simple language, extends over the critical period and is usable by primary school, secondary schools, students, teachers and tertiary level.”
The book will trace Tobago’s history from the pre-colonial era to the early 21st century. London said he believed it would be useful to teachers, students and the wider public.
“It will include information that will be essential for heritage professionals, as it will sensitise them to the history, correct misconceptions and elucidate new historical sources and materials,” London added.
celebrates social contributions
Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School celebrated its 40th anniversary with an awards ceremony on November 25. Outstanding pupils and teachers were also recognised.
English teacher Adeola James said she was proud of the school’s contributions to society. “Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School... caters to children of different intelligences, different talents,” James said, “and for 40 years we have produced citizens from every single walk of life, and in every single sector we have been able to contribute to the development of Tobago.”
Signal Hill principal Allyson Potts encouraged the current pupils to make the best of their time in school.
Potts said: “Thank you for being the students that you are. Thank you for your excellence, thank you for cooperating with us and your parents to fulfil the mission and vision of the school. Keep focused; I know that there are many distractions.”
Potts also advised them that there was always room for improvement.
The primary school HIV/AIDS caravan aims to ensure the next generation is well informed about HIV/AIDS, how the virus is transmitted and how it affects the body.
The recently held caravan helped to create awareness about the disease and reduce the stigma surrounding those who are HIV-positive.
Chevanne Wallace, a Student Support Services Unit guidance counsellor, said there are children attending primary schools who are HIV-positive. She said that’s why the caravan is so important.
“We wanted to avoid discrimination in the schools,” Wallace said. “Because you know the children may not know officially, but sometimes from their community, from their friends, they know that this person has HIV.”
The caravan is a pilot project in commemoration of World AIDS Day, which is celebrated annually on December 1.