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Lavabits donate science equipment to MSS

On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Lavabits, Montserrat’s first official software company, made a donation of science equipment to the Montserrat Secondary School( MSS). According to Dr. Samuel Joseph one of the company’s director who presented the equipment, their hope is that “at least three other businesses in the community will match this same donation and the government needs to also match it.”

In brief remarks Dr. Joseph introduced his company  and said that having worked in the school system, he realized, “one of the problems we have is  that there is a lack of equipment in terms of the sciences and it’s very frustrating to teach and it’s also very frustrating to learn…”

Joseph said that after he quit teaching, following a conversation with the principal, Mrs. Cherlyn  Hogan  expressed that they have now switched the physics program from Cambridge to the CXC, which requires a set of equipment to do the SBAs. They did not have this set of equipment. “…how the children were supposed to do their tests was going to be a mystery…,” he continued.

The main objection for the donation, is their beliefs in the idea that Montserrat’s way forward is through human capital and through the investment in its own people and its own intellectual property. “So, in order to do that, we have to invest in our schools etc.,” he said.

Principal Hogan in the presence of the Director of Education and some of the students accepted the donation  on behalf of the school. She thanked the donors of the equipment. Meanwhile, she confirmed the need for the equipment, saying there is a great need of equipment for Science as well as for other subjects. She said that issue, “…became particularly pronounced with the switch from Cambridge to CSEC and the requirements for SBA for students…it would virtually be impossible for them to complete that program without this donation.”

On the students own behalf one student acknowledged the equipment adding the students perspective of the usefulness and need for the equipment. “Much of the work that students do is theoretical with class work. Students tend to forget what was taught, but with practical experience what they observe, of and for themselves would most likely be understood…equipment such as this will definitely assist in students work…,”confirming also his principals remarks about the change from Cambridge to CXC. “…and this also allows for our advance in our SBAs,” he said. .

The equipment included beakers, electricity set, magnetism set, a laser set, calipers, micro meters, “and some other stuff, basically stuff for Physics,” as noted by Dr. Joseph.

Rawle Wilson is the physics master at the MSS and he expressed to TMR his pleasure with the donation. “Yes truly I’m very excited about this donation from Lavabits,”he said, noting also, “physics with the use of equipment, students are able to appreciate the subject more, when they actually do things they are able to remember them more. It is easy for a child to forget what he is told in class… when one actually participates, exercising hands on,  feel and touch, one understands and remembers and better appreciates the subject.”

Lavabits on their website tells of their mission: “To provide effective information solutions to local, regional, and international problems via targeted mobile application software development. To foster an intellectual, knowledge-sharing internal environment to enable academic excellence, creativity, and effective decision-making.”

It was initiated to provide software in the mobile space. This includes smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone, RIM BlackBerry, and Android based phones.a local software development company

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Kids Korner – April 27, 2012

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Seven-day Music Workshop deemed a Success

Easter Music Workshop 2012

Over the Easter break a total of 31 students from the Montserrat Secondary School and the three local Primary Schools on Island completed a seven-day music workshop conducted by the Department of culture led by Herman “Cupid” Francis, Director of the Department of Culture. This was held from April 10 -19.

Parents, principals, teachers, music enthusiasts and well-wishers were all present at the closing ceremony of the music workshop on Thursday 19, 2012 held at Old Salem Primary School building. According to “Cupid “,The students, some of whom touched a musical instrument for the first time, learned piano, guitar, violin, trombone, drums, and clarinet.

Guitars

The seven-day music workshop was financed by The Montserrat Tourist Board, this was acknowledge in the vote of thanks developed by Mr. Francis he also thank them for their support.

Violins

Lloyd “Bimsha” Francis taught the students guitar, his contribution was also acknowledged in the Vote of thanks delivered by Mr. Francis. Students of the past small beginner also contributed to the seven day music workshop. Mr. Francis recognised their contribution, later calling on parents to ensure that the new beginners continued the program as this will take place every Wednesday during the school term. “My other assistants were actually members of the Small Beginnings group who have passed this stage and are putting something back, he said.”

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Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Jermaine Wade was also present at the closing of the seven day music workshop. Mr Wade gave a brief address in which he said that he is happy to see that so many kids had taken the opportunity to spend their Easter break learning a new instrument and that from the afternoon performance they were well on their way to becoming the future stars in the local bands.

Lloyd “Bimsha” Francis & Herman "Cupid"Francis

The Junior Minister, while congratulating the organizers and the children, said,  “What we have seen here today is truly small beginnings and we are seeing the talent coming out amongst our young people at a very early age. It shows that there is some continuity among Montserrat’s future musicans.”

Junior Minister, Hon. Jermaine Wade

The Director of Culture said that everyone who signed up for the program finished with one hundred percent attendance.

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Kids Korner – April 13, 2012

 

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Kids Korner – February 10, 2012

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Childhood obesity an emerging problem in Montserrat

The Ministry of Health as one of the Ministry’s objectives in the 2011-2012 Operational Plan, is to strengthen the Maternal and Child Health Program through enhanced strategies to address childhood obesity by March, 2012.

This is the word coming from the Ministry as it expresses concern that, “Childhood obesity and overweight is an emerging problem in Montserrat”. In a release on the issue of Childhood Obesity, it says, “Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern.”

To address this problem the Ministry reports that it has begun a programme on January 23 with 66 children seen at Look Out Primary School, and 61 at Brades Primary on January 25. St Augustine Primary School and Lighthouse Academy are yet to consent for the exercise to be conducted at their respective school. 

The statement explains, “Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on basic metabolic rate (BMI).”

It further explains, “the first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological. Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, sleeping problems, cancer and other disorders. It is the Ministry’s goal to address obesity and detect as early as possible and correct any correctable defects that are present at this stage of your child’s life.”

Ministry of Health, Community Nursing Manager, Violet Brown who issued the release is encouraging recognition and inviting, parents/guardians who are concerned about their child/ children’s weight to contact their District Nurse or make an appointment to see the Nutritionist.

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Kids Korner – January 27, 2012

Hello everyone – It is kid’s time with Auntie Lyka “In Your Korner”. I hope by now you are well settled into your school work and you are doing your home work. This is the term for sports so I encourage you to do your school work so by the time your sports come around you will be able to concentrate on sports. Read a book.

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