The Grenada Bar Association has made a donation to help advance the sustainability of the GRENCODA Student Assistance Program.
The Association made a financial commitment valued at thousands of dollars to the organisation last week Monday as part of the GBA’s 2013 week of activities.
Association Secretary, Attorney-at-Law Ayanna Nelson presented a sealed envelope with an undisclosed amount of money to President of GRENCODA, Judy Williams, at a brief ceremony held at the law office of attorney-at-law, Claudette Joseph.
Nelson said the donation should be seen as GBA’s way of giving back to society and assisting disadvantaged children while contributing to the continuation of the program.
THE GRENCODA chief executive said that the programme, which has been in existence since 1986, is intended to ensure that students especially of disadvantaged parents receive the assistance they need to excel in school.
Williams disclosed that this year alone, 50 students were enrolled in the programme joining the existing 250 already involved in the scheme.
The program caters for students from Form One to Five in secondary schools.
According to Williams, vouchers valued $250 to $400 are issued to the students based on their needs. Vouchers are also issued to the schools to enable them to access textbooks.
The GRENCODA official stated that a total of 30 students are preparing to sit the CXC Examinations early next year and as a result the contribution from the GBA would go a far way in assisting the students and eliminating in excess of $64,135.00 currently in debt to service providers.
Vice-President of the Grenada Bar Association, Dr Lawrence Joseph, estimating the number of practicing lawyers on the island at around 75 with seven more joining the profession earlier this month.
Law Week started officially on Sunday, October 13 with a Church Service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The week of activities also included visits by students to Courts throughout the country and lawyers making visits to various schools on the island.
There was also a mock trial involving students attached to the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) at the Magistrate’s No#1 Court and Lawyers also journeyed to Her Majesty’s Prison in Richmond Hill to meet with officials and inmates, particularly young offenders.
This year’s activities included a poster and essay competition for primary and secondary school students, a new feature of the week of activities.
Attorney-at-Law, Claudette Joseph said that the poster competition, held under the theme, “Using the Internet Within the limits of the law”, targeted primary school students.
The entries will have to be submitted to the Arts Division of the Ministry of Education, while the essay competition which focused on the theme, “Freedom of Movement vs. Loitering, What does the law say” would have to be sent the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Development Department.
One entry per applicant is acceptable and the deadline for both competitions is December 06 with a grace period date of December 10. Close family members of the GBA executive are not eligible.
Applicants are reminded that plagiarism would not be tolerated.
Winners of both categories would be awarded in February 2014.
The theme for the just ended Law Week of activities was, “Grenada Bar Association Supporting Our Youth.”
The week of activities concluded last Sunday with a social get-together at the Grenada Yacht Club.