With a total of $6,309,750, Eleven Grenadians will be heading for Cuba on scholarships provided by the sole remaining communist island in the Caribbean.
The students will be pursuing studies in Medicine, Dentistry, Health Technology, Electrical Engineering and Medical Specialisation in the new 2016 school year.
A ceremony was held at the Ministry of Education last Friday where resident Cuban Ambassador, Maria Caridad Balaguer Labrada handed over the documents to the recipients.
In addressing the awardees, Ambassador Labrada said 300 Grenadian students have graduated from studies in Cuba, while there are 36 currently engaged in studies.
She congratulated the awardees and encouraged them to put their best foot forward.
“I want to tell the students who will be awarded today that in Cuba you will have the opportunity to know a friendly people who will receive all of you with love and friendship. You will also have the opportunity to know our history and culture and share with our people the best of your culture”, she told the students.
“…I want to congratulate all of you and ask you to do your best, to be a good professional and come back ready to share your knowledge and continue with the development of this beautiful island,” she said.
Senior Human Resource Development Officer in the Ministry of Education, Andrew Augustine who was standing in for Education Minister, Anthony Boatswain stated that the support from Cuba reflects its continued commitment towards ensuring that Grenadians have access
to proper health care professionals which is badly needed on the island.
Augustine urged the students to honour the scholarship bond policy given to them by government.
He told them: “Represent your country well, remember your call to serve because this is what doctors are called to do…all have certainly excelled but not all have served well.
“…This commitment to health care is a commitment to your family, to those within your community and Grenada as a whole. The many adults that want to seek to return look at the bonding as something that restrains them and not look at the bonding as something that compels them to serve their fellow men within Grenada,” he said.
In recent months, government has affirmed its commitment to enforce the bond signed by students as many of them have not returned home to serve Grenadians.