More scholarships to be offered to the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute

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The Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) announced that all profits from its inaugural Taste of Wadadli event will directly benefit individuals wishing to enroll at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).

Vernon A. Jeffers, Sr, Chairman for the ABHTA stated that “We were initially approached by the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union to have an event to celebrate all of employees within the hospitality sector, as well as having a direct beneficiary in the name of the ABHTI.  That initial call to action has blossomed into an event to celebrate our student Chefs, Resort Chefs, Artisans and local artist.”  Mr. Jeffers further remarked that “We are delighted to be part of celebrating Tourism Week with our counterparts at the Ministry of Tourism and we are looking forward to an exciting week of activities”.

Mrs. Ruthlyn Matthias, the Executive Director of the ABHTI is pleased at the initiative, commenting that “We are thrilled at the opportunity to have more students enrol at the Institute. Our programs vary from Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management to Resort Management and even Food & Beverage Operations. We have a team of lecturers dedicated to our students’ excellence and we will be more than delighted to welcome more persons passionate about making their impact on the industry.  Our culinary students will also be on showcase at Taste of Wadadli. So please, come on out in your numbers, in support of the ABHTI.”

Taste of Wadadli is now listed on the calendar of events for Tourism Week 2019 and is slated for Monday December 9, 2019 and will be hosted on lower St. Mary’s Street (between Thames and Market Streets).

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “We must have a revolution to Access in Higher Education! In the English Speaking Caribbean, we have the lowest enrollment among young people to Higher Education in this Hemisphere! In Terms of Alignment (In the OECS it is even more woefully lower with participation rates that continue to see a more widening gap JFII)! We are very concerned that the OECS economies are struggling while emerging out of the global recession! Some People have argued that the reasons why the OECS is struggling to get to the level, where the other developed islands are, has to do with the fact that the community of graduates, the community of professionally trained people with skills development has held back the sub-region and therefore we need to align the creation of the skills, the creation of the professional training with the structures of the economy” – Professor Dr. Hillary Beckles, UWI Vice-Chancellor!

    Grive Praise and Thanks for More Scholarships to the ABHTI from the ABHTA! Can we move from Scholarships to “Free College Tuition” to all Antigua and Barbuda Nationals who have successfully graduated from Secondary School in the the International Decade For People of African Descent 2015 – 2024! “The Afrocentric paradigm is a revolutionary shift in thinking proposed as a constructural adjustment to black disorientation, dislocations, decenteredness, and lack of agency.” – Dr. Molefi Asante – Afrocentricity!

    GoAB must develop an educational focus to meet changing national economic needs, enhance workforce development and provide better financial security for our citizens, by enacting and engaging, a “Free College Tuition” policy! The strategic imperatives should be: to send a clear message that not only is Antigua and Barbuda proactively investing in workforce development to support a vital and sustainable economic climate attractive to new business, entrepreneurial and social ventures and in the case of the ABHTI enhance The Tourism and Hospitality Industry as one of its key drivers of a Sustainable Social, Financial and Ecological Future, but more importantly to send a straightforward message that pursuing a post-secondary education degree, credential or license is affordable, especially to those who might not otherwise consider it or think such a possibility within reach while creating a new trajectory forward and upward as we build a new Caribbean Civilization!

    This mere voice in the wilderness does not wish to be prescriptive hence only these few suggestions are proffered: “Free College Tuition” should include; tuition, fees, transportation and onsite meals to encourage at risk and students from low-income households; and, include ASC and ABIIT in the program! Some may argue, deservedly so that “Free College Tuition” should also target those nationals who may stand to benefit the most, adult, part-time and working students, and that keeping the focus on need-based instead of only merit-based aid should be a priority given that non-traditional students have many competing aspects of life such as work and family that already make participation in post-secondary education a challenge! GoAB as has been amply demonstrated, in its efforts to improve training to those who have fallen outside of the regular tertiary education track, has clearly identified a wariness of adding to these challenges when the goal is to prepare these students for new economic and workplace opportunities!

    Yes Sir, Mr. Prime Minister, Let us develop and Implement “The Gaston Browne/Novelle Richards Plan”: Create a trained, more educated workforce, decrease illiteracy, increase opportunity, decrease crime. increase the number of business owners, increase capital formation and increase property values! This mere voice suggests that we must change the state of People of African Descent by making real, tangible investments in our younger and youngest generation which has the fundamental capacity to literally change the quality of life, not just for these young people but for their families, which in turn changes the quality of life for the communities and neighbourhoods they live in, which in turn changes the quality of life for the entire nation of Antigua and Barbuda, the wider OECS and hopefully the off-ramps along the Caribbean and Lucayan Archipelago Highways!

    “I think we’re at a watershed moment. It used to be that a high school degree could allow a young adult to enter into the middle class. We are no longer in that situation. We don’t ask people to pay for fifth grade and we also should not ask people to pay for sophomore year.” – Caitlin Zaloom, Cultural Anthropologist: New York University who has researched the impact of college costs on families!

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