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VI culture must be taught in all schools- Dr Wheatley

- said it will be the task of new Director of Culture to ensure this happens
Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Sports, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says he is pushing for Virgin Islands culture to be included in the curriculum of all schools across the territory, as it is seen as one of several aspects needed to keep the heritage and culture alive and passed on to generations. Photo: VINO
Some of the items on display at the Festival of Arts held in honour of cultural icon and legislator, the late Delores Lettsome-Christopher, at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Saturday November 2, 2019. Photo: VINO
Some of the items on display at the Festival of Arts held in honour of cultural icon and legislator, the late Delores Lettsome-Christopher, at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Saturday November 2, 2019. Photo: VINO
The Festival of Arts was held in honour of cultural icon and legislator, the late Delores Lettsome-Christopher, at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Saturday November 2, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
The Festival of Arts was held in honour of cultural icon and legislator, the late Delores Lettsome-Christopher, at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Saturday November 2, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
The Festival of Arts in honour of cultural icon and legislator, the late Delores Lettsome-Christopher, was held at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Saturday November 2, 2019. Photo: VINO
The Festival of Arts in honour of cultural icon and legislator, the late Delores Lettsome-Christopher, was held at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Saturday November 2, 2019. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The government minister responsible for culture in the Virgin Islands (VI) says he is pushing for VI culture to be included in the curriculum of all schools across the territory, as it is seen as one of several aspects needed to keep the heritage and culture alive and passed on to generations.

Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Sports, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) made that known at the Festival of Arts held in honour of cultural icon and legislator, the late Delores Lettsome-Christopher, at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Saturday November 2, 2019.

Task of new Director of Culture

Noting that a new Director of Culture is soon to be named, Dr Wheatley said one of the first things he will ask the new Director of Culture to do is to review the school curriculum, “and to review the school activities in combination with my abled, Chief Education Officer, to make sure that our culture, our heritage, and our traditions are being taught in our institutions.”

Anne A. Lennard currently holds the position of Deputy Director of Culture, appointed to the post since April of 2015 under the then National Democratic Party (NDP) administration and has also acted in the capacity of Director whenever required.

Virgin Islands culture is taught in the public secondary schools and some private schools also teach some aspects of it.

Hon Wheatley alluded to the need for culture in the schools’ curriculum while saluting the Heritage Dancers on their 40th anniversary. “And you see them have lots of young people involved. We have young people painting, young people dancing, young people doing all types of in the culinary arts, young people doing very well.”

Salute to the late Delores Christopher

At last Saturday’s cultural event, Dr Wheatley saluted the late Hon Lettsome-Christopher for running firmly with the territory’s cultural baton, along with a number of persons who were recognised during the ceremony.

“So we are honouring a number of persons today, and the reason we are honouring them is because we acknowledge that things did not just start today. We are only trying to run our leg of the race today. But for years and years past, we have persons, individuals who have been doing their part.”

Hon Wheatley also committed to making the event an annual one.

“We come from a small place in the world, but we punch above our weight, we have a big impact. And wherever we go in the world, people are amazed at what we have to offer. We have a special history. We have a special culture. We are proud people. We're an independent people. It is time for us to tell our story to the world. So we are going to be here. We're not going to let it fall. We are going to be here toiling, celebrating those who have walked before, who have built this foundation, and we will continue. I acknowledge other young people who are here who are continuing this tradition.”

He closed with showering gratitude to the family of the late Hon Lettsome-Christopher.

“Thank you for sharing Honourable Delores Christopher with us, for allowing us to experience her greatness, her passion. She was a Virgin Islander to the bone. She did not compromise. She was passionate, and I love her for that. She will always live in my heart, and I thank the family for allowing us to honour her in this way and for being so supportive.”

11 Responses to “VI culture must be taught in all schools- Dr Wheatley”

  • shabazz (05/11/2019, 13:25) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    ONE TERM !!!!
  • Peaches (05/11/2019, 14:27) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sowande!! the 7th district is calling out for your attention. Please remember it's them people who put you in. The district needs cleaning up, etc.

    You can travel far and wide, but the people of the 7th district should be your first priority. Remember that!

  • STRAW (05/11/2019, 15:18) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why not, I mean, that is a good idea...
  • E. Leonard (05/11/2019, 15:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI culture must be celebrated and protected and preserved for future generations. Virgin Islanders must embraced and be proud of their heritage and culture. There are about 120 plus nationalities that now call the VI/BVI home and they all are proud of the culture of their homelands. If Virgin Islanders are not proud of, embraced and celebrate the VI culture, why should others? Moreover, it is hard to embrace and celebrate a culture if one does not know it and live it. Undoubtedly, the VI is emerging as a multicultural society so the VI will be adding to and improving its culture but not at the expense of local culture. Making culture part of public school curriculum is a good decision; culture, if it is not currently is, should be taught at HLSCC and should be required to graduate from the institution.

    On another note, Anne Lennard currently serves as Deputy Director of Culture and as noted, “and has also acted in the capacity of Director whenever required.” And if she is interested in the Director of Culture position and based on her experience, why not give her the opportunity to excel in the position?
  • resident (05/11/2019, 17:27) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    What else do you want from educators. B.V.I culture is being taught in schools from the Social Studies and Civics curriculum.
    Hon. Myron did put things in place to ensure this happens.
    Please ask teachers what they really need to enhance teaching and learning then deal with those issues. Strupz
    • Misses (06/11/2019, 06:44) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      cant be taught properly if half are expats so I hope you plan to send the ones that know about it to the schools. teachers have enough to do! n P.s. it is already in the curriculum to some extent that's y there is culture week. what more you want?
  • yeah, right (06/11/2019, 07:36) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    You mean the culture of cronyism, greed, and corruption? or, the culture of disrespect for anyone from elsewhere? or, the culture of no consequences? or, all three?
  • NB (06/11/2019, 10:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ahh yes! By all means introduce the curriculum of hatred and disrespect towards expats, entitlement and lawlessness from the highest platforms and the church boys
  • Really? (06/11/2019, 20:11) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Can an expatriate teach something he/she does not know or have an intimate knowledge of? I honestly don't see where hate etc. comes in?


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