The state-controlled National Water and Sewage Authority (NAWASA) has been supporting its employees by extending a hand to parents whose children have been successful in the CPEA.
The initiative began in 2003 and this year nine CPEA students have received assistance in purchasing school supplies for the upcoming school year.
A handing over ceremony was held at NAWASA’s Board room where the vouchers were handed to each recipient.
Speaking at the ceremony, Board Director, Christopher De Allie congratulated both parents and students for their achievements.
“For 13 years running we have been supporting this…it is important to reward hard work and it is important to connect. Programmes like this help to connect and I want to assure you that though it may not be much, whatever we give is enough to ease a burden,” he told the parents and students gathered at the event.
One of the awardees, Nia Jeremiah, a past student of the Beacon Junior School remarked that she is really excited to start her scholastic life at the Secondary level.
“I have been looking forward to the next stage of my life which is attaining a secondary school education. Being the last of four siblings looking at them getting ready every morning seems like an interesting thing to do…actually, I have already planned my wake up time and what time I must leave home in order for me to reach to school on time”, she said.
“…The skills and discipline I acquire at Beacon Junior School…I look forward to continue studying with some of my old friends but I also look forward to making new friends. I take education seriously…I aspire to become a doctor,” she added.
Delivering the feature address at the ceremony was former Chairperson at the Grenada Airports Authority (GAA), Joan Gilbert who admonished both parents and the students to be mindful of the sacrifice that NAWASA is making to provide assistance to them.
“You must remember the sacrifices or the commitment that NAWASA is making to you. NAWASA over the years, 13 years has been taking on this initiative…how awesome it is that they are looking after the children of their employees.
“…To you the parents, you have an awesome responsibility, you need to encourage and support the children. You must be aware that entering secondary school is not the beginning and ending of your child’s education. Too often after the fanfare, after the exams there is a notice in the change of behaviour, the children now take the roll of parents.
Gilbert, a former senior employee at NAWASA, advised parents to take control of their children’s lives and ensure that they get the best education possible.