The College of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has donated over 500 copies of the e-book ‘Voices of the Pelican’ to the Ministry of Schooling, Youth and Schooling, for islandwide distribution to sixth-form college students.
Portfolio Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, accepted the publications from the Curator of the UWI Museum, Dr. Shani Roper, on the Ministry’s Nationwide Heroes Circle location in Kingston on Tuesday (January 19).
The books are a compilation of commencement speeches delivered by Sir George Alleyne between 2003 and 2016. Sir George served as Chancellor of The UWI from 2003 to 2010 after which from 2010 to 2017.
Talking with JIS Information, Minister Williams stated that the books will function a “timeless reminder to college students as they graduate, about their place on the earth and the necessity for them to be examples”.
She stated they may even assist the younger individuals to guide in no matter self-discipline they select.
“In the event you learn this, you’ll be impressed by his many commencement speeches throughout the years. In reality, I checked out one which he gave in 2009, once we have been within the monetary disaster and it mirrors what he was saying then and could possibly be stated immediately as we’re going by the pandemic. It addresses the must be resilient, the necessity for our tertiary establishments to be related, for them to be collaborative particularly with trade, and for them to be producing college students who will make their mark on the world,” she famous.
“I’d encourage all to get a duplicate and browse it. They are going to be impressed by his phrases,” she added.
Dr. Roper, for her half, stated that the college hopes that by studying this e-book, college students will probably be motivated to aspire for greatness as Sir George did.
“His speeches cowl a variety of sociopolitical and financial points that had a direct impression on the working of the college whereas on the identical time, growing a imaginative and prescient of intervention to advance studying, create data and foster innovation to positively remodel the area,” she stated.
She famous that the books will probably be notably helpful to college students on the Caribbean Superior Proficiency Examination (CAPE) stage within the areas of Caribbean Research and Communication Research.
Sir George Alleyne grew to become a Professor of Medication at UWI in 1972 and taught a era of Caribbean medical graduates.
In 1995, he was appointed Director of the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO)/World Well being Group (WHO) Regional Workplace. He served two four-year phrases on this place till the top of January 2003 and was elected Director Emeritus.
From 2003 to 2010, he was the United Nations (UN) Secretary Common’s Particular Envoy for HIV/AIDS within the Caribbean.
Sir George has acquired quite a few awards in recognition of his work, together with from many nations of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his providers to Medication.
In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Neighborhood, the best honour that may be conferred on a Caribbean nationwide.
The fifth Chancellor of the UWI, Sir George was the primary UWI alumnus to fill the celebrated place.