The Grenada Union of Teachers and the Grenada Union of Teachers Medical Plan have collaborated in giving support to their members’ children who were successful in the 2015 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).
During a short ceremony held at the Public Workers Union building last week, $200 was given by the Union and $225 by the Medical Plan in support for the successful students.
For approximately 30 years now, the Union has been supporting children of its members to help them get a sound start in Secondary schools.
GUT’s Vice President Davis Adams said the assistance was only made possible through members’ contributions and driven by the desire to give students a head start in entering secondary school life for the first time.
“I am very passionate about our Union being a vehicle of empowering students and empowering members and whatever we can do to empower our members and our students, we would like to do it”, he said.
“…This small contribution will present the Union’s way of saying that our members continue to contribute to the Union and we have to find a way to give back to them and this has been ongoing for close to 30 years and we have seen wonderful success stories of members,” he added.
GUT’s Treasurer, Kelly Calliste, a teacher at the St David’s Catholic Secondary School urged parents to make good on the investment the Union has placed in their hands.
“The token may be small but when you plant a seed which is very new in size, the product of that germination over a period of time can bear a significant amount of fruits. So it is the same testimony that is going to go forward today. We are going to sow a small seed in each and every one of you present, that is your child and let us guard that investment and guard it well”, he said.
“It’s not about themselves, it’s about the future, it’s about the educational stake of our country that has to be guarded. Although here it’s a financial token that is being bestowed upon you right now, it’s not about the money, it’s about taking that small amount and stretching it,” he remarked.
Chairman of the GUT Medical Plan Desmond Lewis stated that as the plan is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, they saw it fitting to give back something to members.
“It is the start up that we expect will contribute to an educated individual who will eat right, sleep right, play right, learn right, check the doctor when it is right and guide others to do what is right, “ he said.
Leoneal Rennie, top CPEA student in the region was one of the beneficiaries of the grant.
Next year 2016, will see a new batch of CPEA students receiving grant support from the GUT.