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Sandals Foundation and Rotaract Grenada promote clean water in schools

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Clean water, sanitary facilities and good hygiene practices are all integrally linked to a child’s right to an education, which is why the Sandals Foundation is partnering with local and international organisations to invest in upgrading the water systems in several schools across the Caribbean.

Last Friday, the nonprofit partnered with the Rotaract Club of Grenada to hand over the first of these water catchment systems to students and staff at the Park View Preschool (located in Queen’s Park, St George), ensuring that the new school year will see an improved and healthier learning environment. The foundation will soon hand over a similar system to the Beaulieu RC Primary School. These systems will benefit over 350 students annually.

Park View Preschool students now have a reliable back up water system for hand washing

Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke said the project is a step in the right direction toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030.

“Improving access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation is critical to creating proper learning environments for our children. SDG Goal 6 calls for organisations across the globe to work together to ensure access to safe and sustainable water sources and sanitation for all. We want to work toward ensuring that children in this region have ongoing access to water in their schools in order to avoid the spread of preventable diseases and missed school days. We are grateful to our partners for working alongside us to make this happen,” Clarke said.

The World Health Organisation has found that climate change also represents a threat to water and sanitation systems, especially for the most vulnerable populations such as children.

Similarly, Rotaract has placed this important developmental concern on their priority list. “Water sanitation and hygiene is one of our core focus areas and as such, it is definitely gratifying, knowing that this life resource, can be made available for use, for the students and teachers,” shared Arkera Lessey, Outgoing President of Rotaract Grenada.

She continued, “We are very delighted to be able to provide support to the Park View Preschool. We heard their stories and with the support of Sandals Foundation, we made a difference, by taking action.”

Park View students and teachers gleeful and grateful for their new water tank donated by Sandals Foundation and Rotaract

This act of change and improvement was very well received by the school. Gail Blackette, teacher in charge of the Park View Preschool, expressed immense gratitude for this added convenience, “Thank you, and thank you, 1000 thousand thank yous to Sandals Foundation and Rotaract for making this happen for us. It will come in handy especially during the dry season when there is no water and we had to close the school. Now that problem is solved.”

The Sandals Foundation, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has partnered with organisations such as Coca Cola to provide similar systems to other schools in Jamaica.

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Education Minister says Grenada believes education is a fundamental right – NOW Grenada

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  • Grenada supports inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Education Minister thanked UNESCO for support in developing Grenada’s National TVET Policy
  • In July 2019 Grenada signed Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Education Minister Emmalin Pierre has told an international meeting that Grenada believes education is a fundamental human right and is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Grenada supports the implementation of SDG 4, as evident in its participation in the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Steering Committee and its commitment to the collective work and implementation of the E2030 Roadmap, for the benefit of the region and successful implementation of SDG4,” she said during her address at the UNESCO 40th General Conference debates on Thursday, 14 November 2019.

SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The UNESCO 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious, aspirational and universal agenda with the objective of wiping out poverty through sustainable development by 2030.

Pierre who spoke immediately after the Hungarian representative, also told the conference that Grenada welcomes the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications and the new Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We all believe this will strengthen international and regional cooperation in higher education. Grenada understands the importance of technical and vocational education training (TVET) and lifelong learning opportunities in preparing the youth to meet the demand of the future. We would, therefore, like to thank UNESCO for its support in developing Grenada’s National TVET Policy.

The UNESCO Global Recognition Convention ensures that people have the right to have their foreign education qualification recognised outside their country of study, while the Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean — which Grenada signed in July 2019 — commits the signatory states parties to adopt all necessary measures to recognise the studies, degrees and diplomas of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pierre who recently was assigned as new Minister for Information, said that Grenada recognises the important role that science and technology plays for sustainable development. “Accordingly, Grenada is committed to actively participating in the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), since as an island state, oceans are of great importance to our livelihood. We commend the work of IOC in the preparation of the International Decade of Ocean Sciences.” She urged UNESCO to continue to support the implementation of Early Warning Systems for tsunamis and other marine hazards.

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Co-op Bank wins Bank of the Year Award for Risk Management – NOW Grenada

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Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited is the proud recipient of the inaugural ECCU Bank of the Year Award for Risk Management.

The announcement was made during the 24th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Headquarters in St Kitts on Wednesday, 6 November 2019.

Leslie Ramdhanny, Deputy Chairman of the bank’s Board of Directors, was among the representatives present at the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the bank.

The award recognised Co-op Bank’s efforts in implementing and utilising best practices in managing risk. To be chosen for this prestigious award, the Bank had to demonstrate effective risk management processes, policies and systems including risk treatment plans and risk management training; the adoption of risk management best practices; and improvements made to the Bank’s Risk Management function over the past year.

Receiving this award is a major game-changer for Co-op Bank. To the Board, Management and staff, this award sets a higher mark for the bank’s performance management systems, the consistent application and demonstration of best practice governance principles, risk management practices and business conduct.

To the stakeholders and the wider public, this award is a bold vote of confidence in the Bank’s commitment to and demonstration of its corporate promise to ensure prudent governance, compliance, risk and financial management; driven by a decisive, inspiring, strategy focused leadership team and staff. Such a public declaration augers very well for the bank’s brand, reputation and its position of trust and influence with strategic alliances, counterparty and correspondent relationships and most importantly with shareholders and the customers we serve.

Co-op Bank was shortlisted along with other renowned financial competitors in the regional industry for the Financial Education and Empowerment, Risk Management and Technological Innovation categories. The bank is therefore honoured to have been chosen for the category of Risk Management.

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Millions spent on importation of beef and pork – NOW Grenada

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  • As of September, 143,541 kg of beef valued at EC$2,809,463 has been imported in 2019
  • Most imports are from the US, UK, Canada, and Brazil
  • No official data on the number of cattle, pigs and goats butchered during festive season

Grenada appears to be on a path to surpassing the quantity of beef and pork imported into the country for 2017 and 2018, because as of September 2019, data from the Central Statistical Office shows the country has already surpassed the quantity imported in 2017.

In 2017, Grenada imported 138,555 kg of beef valued at EC$3,130,318. The following year 260,195 kg was imported, valued at EC$4,047,579. As of September this year, 143,541 kg of beef valued at EC$2,809,463 has been imported.

155,053 kg of pork was imported in 2017, valued at EC$1,713,728; in 2018 the imported quantity was 235,892 kg which was valued at EC$2,209,699. From January to September 2019, 164,216 kg has been imported, valued at EC$1,498,603.

Though a small quantity is imported from Antigua & Barbuda and Trinidad & Tobago, most of the imports are from the US, UK, Canada, and Brazil. Tenderloin or the tenderest part of a loin of beef or pork, as well as sirloin steak, showed a significant increase in terms of kilos.

The Ministry of Agriculture in a recent statement said that it recognises that there is a shortage of livestock in Grenada and is working to resuscitate the livestock sector.

“The Ministry of Agriculture will develop and implement a livestock policy; introduce new genetic stock at the Laura Livestock Station; strengthen the small ruminant programme at the Limlair Livestock Station in Carriacou and reintroduce the artificial insemination programme among other ongoing initiatives,” said a statement in response to the public concern that a licence was provided to a businessman to import 400 pigs and 100 cattle from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The statement said the permit was issued to meet the demands of the upcoming festive season. Traditionally, based on observation, pork and beef products enjoy increased consumption during this period. There is no official data on the number of cattle, pigs and goats butchered during the Christmas festive season.

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