May 12, 2006
Landscaping course ends in North Leeward

A small group of residents of the Chateaubelair area received certificates after completing an eight week course in landscaping last weekend.

The course was made possible through the German Embassy in collaboration with the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the North Leeward Tourism Association.{{more}} Addressing the graduation ceremony held at the Chateaubelair Resource Centre on May 7, German Honorary Counsel, Dr. Andreas Ryann said that the German Embassy was pleased to be a part of something that can assist in the strengthening of ties between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Germany.

He said he was contented that his country has had the privilege to support this country in efforts to promote St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “This is a wonderful country,” he commented.

Parliamentary representative, Dr. Jerrol Thompson also had high praises for the course. He said he believed that the course had “true” ability to create a new livelihood.

He stated that St. Vincent and the Grenadines and other regional countries are under pressure as a result of globalisation and there has been a resultant major shift from producing goods to providing services. He noted that landscaping was an important type of service that was in demand.

Dr. Thompson advised the graduates to form a unit that could possibly maintain sites in this country.

“I think it is the kind of livelihood that is going to build character and generate revenue for all persons who are part of this team,” he said.

He continued: “You have embarked on a very important career and the important thing is to be able to work together as a team”.

The German Embassy provided EC $22,250 to purchase equipment for the project. Richard Thorne facilitated the training programme.