Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sunderland Primary Receives Spain's Peace and Cooperation International School Award Diploma

Chargée d’Affaires a.i. Embassy of Spain, Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador (right) 
shares lens time with students of Sunderland Primary. Sunderland Primary received Spain’s Peace and Cooperation International School Award Diploma for its excellent work in the Technological  Creation and Innovation category in the 2015 edition of the competition on Thursday, March 2 at the Embassy of Spain.
From left: Sunderland Primary Head Girl, Sathera Harvey; Past Student, Shanakaye Whittaker and Deputy Head Girl, Dextina Williams.

The Chargée d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Spain, Ms. Carmen Rives, hosted the  official handover of the Peace and Cooperation International School Award Diploma to Sunderland Primary School for its teacher project proposal “Green Nutrigation Grow Box Club“ in the Technological Creation and Innovation category in the 2015 edition of the competition.

“There’s nothing more important in a country than education,” stated Chargée d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Spain, Ms. Carmen Rives. “Because education is what makes us free. It’s what makes us free to have critical thinking and to be independent persons.”

Sunderland Primary School Past Student, Shanakaye Whittaker (left) explains the school’s poster entry titled  “DiJet” during the official handover of Spain’s Peace and Cooperation International School Award Diploma at the Embassy of Spain on Thursday, March 2. Listening keenly are: Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Coleridge Minto; Sunderland Primary School teacher, Mrs. Hyacinth Thorpe and Chargée d’Affaires a.i. Embassy of Spain, Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador.
“And it is through the pursuit of learning that we grow and develop and bring about new innovations to create a better life for our fellow man. So we are delighted by the efforts of the students of Sunderland Primary School. Especially at such a young age,” concluded Rives.

The Diploma was received by Mr. Noel Burgess, Principal of Sunderland Primary who was accompanied by teachers and students of the school. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, Director, Safety and Security in Schools represented Dr Grace McLean, Chief Education Officer of the Ministry of Education at the handover held at the Embassy of Spain, on Thursday, March 3.

Each year the Ministry of Education collaborates with the Embassy to disseminate the information related to the Peace and Cooperation International School Award by issuing a Schools’ Bulletin.

“The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information fully endorses this project,” declared Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, Director, Safety and Security in Schools. “This particular competition was geared towards challenging the young people. It certainly helped to sharpen their critical and analytical skills. And it would have challenged them to perhaps go beyond the normal everyday schooling to do extensive research to come up with an innovative product. So we are very pleased with the Embassy of Spain that they have opened up this avenue for our students.”
Noel Burgess, Principal of Sunderland Primary School (right) proudly accepts Spain’s Peace and Cooperation School Award Diploma for the school’s teacher project proposal “Green Nutrigation Grow Box Club” in the Technological  Creation and Innovation category in the 2015 edition of the competition on Thursday, March 2 at the Embassy of Spain. Presenting the diploma is: Chargée d’A-ffaires a.i. Embassy of Spain, Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador (left) and Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Coleridge Minto (centre).

The Peace and Cooperation Foundation was founded in 1982 by the Spanish peace activist Joaquín Antuña. Since its inception the organisation has promoted creativity for peace through several initiatives, the most well-known being its International School Award. To date more than one million teachers and students from around the world have taken part in the Annual Peace and Cooperation School Award. The work of the Foundation has been acknowledged by the United Nations, which granted it the “Messenger of Peace” recognition in 1987 and the Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC in 1999.

Situated in a rural farming community in East Central St. James, Sunderland Primary is a small multi-grade school with forty (40) students and five teachers including the Principal and Guidance Counsellor. The School achieved 100 per cent mastery in the 2016 Grade 4 Literacy Test and has received a number of prizes and awards including the Diploma from Spain’s Peace and Cooperation Foundation.

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