Officials tour site of soon-to-be re-developed Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education


OPM: On Tuesday, 26th July, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and David Harrison, founder of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility, along with the Hon. Daryll S. Matthew Minister of Education, conducted a site visit at the soon-to-be redeveloped Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education (ABICE).

In May, Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Antigua and Barbuda benefit from a multi-million dollar grant from David Harrison to establish the Harrison Centre Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education.

Mr. Harrison, a frequent visitor to Antigua and Barbuda for the past 30 years, is recognized as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs and is Chairman of the UK financial technology firm, True Potential.

Prime Minister Browne expressed appreciation to David Harrison for his significant and timely support of the educational development of Antigua and Barbuda.

PM Browne reiterated that the education landscape in Antigua and Barbuda is experiencing a period of significant and strategic growth.

The expansion and redevelopment of ABICE will take technical and vocational learning to the next level. #NEXTLEVEL

David Harrison expressed his delight in seeing the expansion of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility into Antigua and Barbuda, a country he regards as his second home. He said: “I am delighted with this partnership between my foundation and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda that will lead to the first overseas Harrison Centre for Social Mobility.”

Joining Prime Minister Browne, Minister Mathew, and Mr. Harrison on the site visit were, Ms. Arlene West, Director of ABICE, Mr. Clare Browne, Director of Education, and technicians from the Board of Education.

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  1. If plan for the future, educate your people. That is the philosophy of the Gaston Browne administration. Not trying to just people a fish for the day. But to teach them to fish. Social programs are fine and needed from time to time, but we need to break the curse of poverty that must families suffer from. And education is the key to achieving that. I can’t wait for this project to become a reality as well. And the dogs can keep barking while the wagon moves on.

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