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Reparations Lecture at SMC Today

Image of Education Minister Dr Gale Rigobert
Image of Education Minister Dr Gale Rigobert
Education Minister Dr Gale Rigobert says the school lecture series will help correct and adjust misconceptions about Caribbean history as taught in the school system. The organizers say the lectures are also aimed at teachers, who have been requesting inclusion of their schools…

THE Reparations School Lectures continue at the St. Mary’s College today, with the National Reparations Committee (NRC) taking the ongoing series to the island’s premier secondary school for boys.

The SMC lecture, will be delivered by NRC Chairman Earl Bousquet, himself a Samarian.

Bousquet told The VOICE: “This will be my first school lecture in this series and I look forward to taking the message to today’s students in a better way than we ever had in my time over five decades ago.”

The NRC Chairman said the lectures series “is gaining both momentum and popularity” and that “six have already been held at secondary schools in Castries, Vieux Fort and Soufriere.”

“The lectures,” he added, “seek to introduce CARICOM’s quest for Reparations from Britain and the European for Slavery and Native Genocide, not only to the students but also to those teachers who need to understand where and what the issue is about today.”

Meanwhile, as this weekend’s CARICOM Reparations Forum, Youth Rally and Baton Relay nears, the school lecture series has received a boost from the island’s top education official.

Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert, has welcomed what she called “a critical but underexposed part of Caribbean history.”

Endorsing the NRC’s school lectures initiative, Dr.Rigobert says: “Children need to be exposed to post-colonial teachings on slavery, and its impact on developing states in the Caribbean.

She told the GIS and NTN: “I am glad to know that the conversation is going to be percolated through the education system and that our children will become conversant on the story of slavery, what it meant, what it means for where we are now and the notion of compensation or reparations.”

She added that “the story of slavery should be told from an empowerment perspective, highlighting the resilience and revolutionary spirit of the Caribbean people’s African heritage, instead of portraying slavery, as is often done, from a victim’s view.”

“It is indeed one of the areas that very often we lament that not enough of our Caribbean people know that story—that there isn’t sufficient education [about it].

“But I’ve always argued that the story of slavery needs to be told from a perspective of empowerment.”

The National Reparations Committee (NRC) Schools Lecture Series began on Tuesday, October. 18.

The CARICOM Youth Forum will take place Friday, at the Castries City Council (CCC) Auditorium, to coincide with official observance of the UN-designated International Creole Day.

The Baton Relay will start at Vigie and encircle the streets of Castries from midday on Saturday and will end at Derek Walcott Square at 4 p.m., when the two-hour Youth Rally will begin from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Friday Youth Forum will be addressed by local writer, poet and thinker Vladimir Lucien on ‘Why Reparations Matters’ and will involve youth and students from schools and communities island-wide.

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    If the true history of the enslavement of the Great African People by the Caucasian Christians is told, the true picture of the learning centers of Timbuktu where thousands of people from around the World came to study yearly in our Universities must be told and understood – our history did not begin with Columbus and Queen Elizabeth -1, and nor has it ended with the little freak Prince Harry that you mad people are about to sing “God Save the Queen” while he lives in a palace with the monies these pirates stole from your parents..

    “Oh wow… I always knew Timbuktu (Tombouctou in Mali) because of the story of the great emperor of the kingdom of Mali, Mansa Kankan Musa. I knew it was the center of his empire, but it is only lately that I realized that it was one of the world’s first and oldest thriving university! Students came from all over the world to study at Timbuktu. Imagine that, students from the middle east, and Europe coming to Africa to study! oooohhhh … Goodness Gracious, that sight only would make me proud! Well, to those who say Africa only has an oral tradition, go and check out the 700,000 manuscripts at the great Sankore University in Timbuktu, and tell me what you think! Oh la la…”

    https://afrolegends.com/2009/09/04/timbuktu-the-worlds-first-and-oldest-university/

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    I truly hope, there will come a day when, like Gail Rigobert verbalized, the Black African will discard the Religion of their Slave Masters and become empowered. As long as the African People worship a Naked Caucasian as their God and Master, they will never be empowered, being victims of a doctrine of White supremacy.

    Gail Rigobert would have made a much much, much better Prime Minister than the ignorant nincompoop thug white supremacist Allen Chastanet who is an international embarrassment and hates our strong Black males.

    Luke 12 47-49 Jesus says beat the innocent servant??

    47. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

    48. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

    49. I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

    https://www.facebook.com/KuntaKinteComedy/videos/1300083590004886/

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