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Airport expansion, mini gov't on VG among suggestions of High School students

- students gave their take on what the Recovery & Development Plan of the VI should look like
Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), winners of the Recovery and Development Plan competition, during their presentation. Photo: VINO
The Claudia Creque Educational Centre during their presentation of what they would like to see in the government's proposed recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
The Claudia Creque Educational Centre during their presentation of what they would like to see in the government's proposed recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
Students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School giving their input to the recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
Students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School giving their input to the recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division explaining to the judges and audience about their farm. Photo: VINO
Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division explaining to the judges and audience about their farm. Photo: VINO
St George's Secondary School (SGSS) proposing ideas for the government's proposed recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
St George's Secondary School (SGSS) proposing ideas for the government's proposed recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
The Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies (VISTS) during the presentation of their version of the recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
The Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies (VISTS) during the presentation of their version of the recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
Cedar International School proposing their ideas on the recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
Cedar International School proposing their ideas on the recovery and development plan. Photo: VINO
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - High school students of the Territory were given a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed Recovery and Development plan through a competition among their schools.

The Recovery and Development Plan competition took place on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola.

The Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) emerged the winner and was awarded $10,000 which will go towards meaningful projects for the school.

During their presentation, the students of ESHS stated that they support the expansion of the airport because it will allow for direct flights between the United States and the Virgin Islands (VI).

They also pointed out that the Virgin Islands (US) is profiting from the Territory's tourism because visitors have to come through St Thomas, USVI, to get to the VI.

They further suggested revitalising Craft Alive and restoring museums and historical sites.

"Implement a "mini gov't" on sister islands" - BFEC team

Meanwhile, Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) Secondary Division won second place and a prize of $5,000.

The students of BFEC suggested implementing a "mini government" on the sister islands which will allow them to operate independently from each other.

The team also recommended that the government charge each offshore companies registered in the VI $1,000, which can go towards the rebuilding efforts.

"Health and human services most important area" - (CCEC) team

The Claudia Creque Educational Centre (CCEC) team believes that health and human services are the most important areas to recovery and development, while using their strategy, response, recovery, reduction and readiness to restore the territory.

"New NEOC building @ Enis Adams Primary School grounds" -SDAS team

Students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School believe that the new National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) should be built on the Enis Adams Primary School grounds that was destroyed by the September 2017 hurricane.

They expressed that it has good elevation and security.

"Small vans equipped with basic essential" - SGSS team

St George's Secondary School (SGSS) students recommended setting up a small mobile van equipped with basic essentials which would drive around the communities to give residents easier and affordable access to those needs following a storm.

"Additional resources to provide skill training"- VISTS team

The Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies (VISTS) suggested that their school be given additional resources to provide skill training to persons from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM which will enhance their ability to help rebuild the Territory.

"Clean-up should be a priority " - CIS team

The Cedar International School students emphasised during their presentation that the clean-up of the territory is very essential to the recovery and development efforts, while questioning how long will tourists tolerate the debris on the roads.

12 Responses to “Airport expansion, mini gov't on VG among suggestions of High School students”

  • hmmmmm.. (21/02/2018, 18:46) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Today, I was thinking when would we know how the winners won? or what was their determining factors. Now I see. All I can say is Wow!!!!! Airport expansion, no doubt. V.G Mini Gov't? Take out the "Mini". Time for a Constitutional review. it was proven post Irma and Maria that V.G is capable of standing on its own. I give them all an "A" for their efforts. We should all agree that a healthy country is a wealthy country. Health is the most important factor of any country. Embarking on a vigorous, major territory- wide clean up is a "Must".
  • HAHA (21/02/2018, 18:55) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    They are still going to go through st.thomas to get to the bvi cause the price difference
  • My Take (21/02/2018, 19:34) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look how the government have these school children brainwashed. I wonder, do they really think there will be direct flights between Beef Island and the US mainland? Is that really a recovery issue or just another major project being misinterpreted? Well I would figure that's the reason they won.
  • vex (21/02/2018, 20:07) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    They cheat for eshs
  • hmmmmm.. (21/02/2018, 22:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ My take . I figured the same thing. Whichever school had mentioned Airport expansion they would have won and we all know where that's coming from.....O.N.B.
    @ Vex, I would not call it cheat nor cheated but I would call it Tactics.
  • parent (22/02/2018, 00:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great job to all students
  • VG (22/02/2018, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes I agree they cheated for Elmore stout flax school hands down
  • Concerned (22/02/2018, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some thing just take common sense. No roads, no sewers, no water bad electric system, bad/terrible internet system, & few land lines available. These MUST be fixed before any airport will work. Natures Little Secret could become that agin if common sense took over, instead of ego's and greedy pockbooks!
  • Worker Bee (22/02/2018, 12:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cedar School was spot on! Only now, more than 6 months after debris began littering the roads from August Monday's flooding - Only Now! has any clean up of the island begun. This is scandalous! Where has the Minister been all this time?
  • Ask yourself (22/02/2018, 12:56) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    As a visitor. Looking for vacation destination. Ask yourself. Why would you want to come to the BVI.. What the BVI has that other caribbean countries dont have.? Then decide if an International Airport is necessary.. For me. I love Casino and night life two things the bvi don't have. For me it's a no. No.
  • 10,11 one 12 (22/02/2018, 21:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I trust that they raise another 10,000.00 and give it to Anegada school and do something also for the other schools they all had strong points and hope that they don't go unnoticed.
    Honestly speaking great contributions but but but too many minds with questions with the end results.


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