GIS:-Gros Islet Secondary School is About to Undergo A Historic Transformation to A Center of Excellence for Sports.
The Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and sustainable Development is paving the way for the Gros Islet Secondary School to become a Center of Excellence for sports.
The first step of this process was undertaken recently, when the Minister with responsibility for Education, Hon Dr Gale Rigobert, held a consultation with stakeholders to chart the way forward.
Dr Rigobert said the initiative is timely and provides students with the opportunity to pursue a sporting career alongside academic and vocational studies.
“Perhaps if many of our young people were exposed to sporting disciplines, we would not have to carry the burden of introducing mediators and counsellors in schools. Perhaps if more citizens were exposed to sports, they would better understand conflict resolution and would not have to resort to a knife or a gun. Perhaps if more people in our society were exposed to the benefit of sports, we would not be among those who record the highest number of cases of patients with non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.”
Principal of the Gros Islet Secondary School, Adelia Charles, said this consultation signals the start of a new chapter in the history of the school.
“Transforming GISS will give the common man in our country a new outlook on sports, its economic and health benefits, careers, new opportunities, employments that can be derived for such a venture, and most importantly will unleash the potential of our students who are passionate about sports, for sports can change lives.”
Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Hon Lenard Montoute, spoke of the importance of nurturing the sports in the youth at an early age.
“An investment in sports is an investment in people across the board. I’m not promising that there will be many Brian Laras and Darren Sammys—only a few will reach the pinnacle. However, every participant will benefit from participating in sports.”
Stakeholders were granted the opportunity to share ideas and make recommendations on the way forward for creating the Center of Excellence for sports.