St. Vincent and the Grenadines has offered to accommodate students from the British Virgins Islands (BVI), where schools are not expected to reopen soon following the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Irma when it slammed into the British Overseas territory last week.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Minister of Economic Planning, Camillo Gonsalves on a visit to the BVI said that his country has some experience assisting students from storm-ravaged Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations.
Gonsalves pointed out that in 2004, after Hurricane Ivan, Kingstown offered classroom spaces to Grenadian students who were preparing to write primary, and secondary school exit examination as well as those pursuing advanced level qualification.
He said that his government has made a similar offer of support to the BVI.
“Of course, it is better, it is most beneficial if those students have a connection to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, if it is a family connection, or a friend connection of some sort, so that the students themselves, all children, don’t feel too displaced by the process,” Gonsalves said.
Gonsalves is being accompanied by Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar and three technical officers with specializations in education, engineering, and health.
Gonsalves and Caesar met with Premier Dr. D.Orlando Smith, who informed them that school life is going to be significantly disrupted in the short-term in the BVI.