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‘Do Right Champions’ caravan a hit in Tobago

THE INTEGRITY COMMISSION Sunday, October 23 2011

The Integrity Commission’s “Do Right Champions” Caravan rolled into Tobago and was well received by school principals, teachers and students on October 12.

From the busy town of Scarborough to the quiet fishing village of Charlotteville, the “Do Right Champions Caravan” reminded all that it was important to be good citizens and to “do the right thing always”.

The caravan visited several primary and secondary schools and provided principals, teachers and students with information about the competition – guidelines and competition prizes – as well as promotional materials – posters, note pads, rulers, bookmarks and the competition logo symbol.

The “Do Right Champions” is a venture by the Integrity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Tobago Division for Education, Youth and Sport. It seeks to promote among the student population an understanding of integrity and the behaviour it engenders.

The competition has as its theme: “A Better Tomorrow: Do The Right Thing Always.” Students who are within the qualifying ages or academic classes may enter any or all of the following categories:

Cartoon (or Comic Strip)

Scenario (a skit)

Short Story

Poem

Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly and former school principal, the Honourable Orville London, has expressed keen interest in the competition and suggests it become a staple on the school’s calendar.

Principal of the Charlotteville Seventh Day Adventist School, Kenneth Mc Millan, says, “The ‘Do Right Champions’ competition will help to eliminate some of the problems we face in our communities. Students know what is right but do not always do what is right and research for this competition can help to address these problems.”

Dean of Discipline at the Speyside High, Jacqueline Mitchell, endorses the competition. She says, “Students will be able to focus on being better persons because they want to do what is right. This competition will do something positive to their psyche.”

Vice-Principal of Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive, Mr Xavier King, recognises the need for an all round education and trust that “students will get an opportunity to express their talents and at the same time improve their general behavior”.

School Supervisor for Tobago, Belinda Dillon, says “students are very excited about the competition and Tobago is very happy to be a part of this initiative because it builds student character and will certainly improve the way students interact with each other”.

Earlier this month, scores of enthusiastic teachers, parents and students gathered at the National Academy for Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain for what emerged as an unforgettable launch of this competition. The Masters of Ceremony were Joshua Elcock, of Moulton Hall Methodist School, and Ashley Weeks, of El Dorado East Secondary. Their poise and good humour entertained the appreciative audience and set the tone for a very successful launch. Their fellow students who provided the morning’s entertainment also did a wonderful job.

Students and teachers in Trinidad are also very excited and are hoping that this becomes an annual competition. School Supervisor, Port-of-Spain and Environs, Jenny-Lynch Cyrille, said she “thoroughly enjoyed the launch and is pleased that students have been given the opportunity to learn more about Morals and Values education”. Susan Gordon, of the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI), characterised the youth outreach as a “very lovely, exciting and enriching initiative”. This optimism is a good sign as everyone joins in the excitement to build a Trinidad and Tobago that is founded on good morals, ethics and values.

The inaugural event was attended by Minister of Education, the Honourable Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, and Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports of the Tobago House of Assembly, MrWhitney Alfred.

Dr Gopeesingh affirmed that under his tenure as Minister of Education heavy emphasis will be placed on building good citizens together with academic and other non-curricular activities. Mr Alfred reminded those in attendance that “in order to do what is right; you have to think what is right”.

The Integrity Commission is encouraged by these sentiments as they compliment our commitment to youth and nation building.

As we draw near to the November 7 competition deadline for the receipt of short stories, poems, cartoons/comic strips and scripts for scenarios, the Commission looks forward to wonderful and creative entries from students across the nation.

School Principals are reminded to collect all competition materials from their Education District Office. All entries must be submitted to the Educational District Office, Ministry of Education on or before November 7, 2011.

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