August 13, 2010
Gonsalves visits Avenue School in Reading, UK

On Sunday August 1, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves addressed the Vincentian Diaspora on developments in SVG at The Avenue School in Reading, United Kingdom, followed by a question and answer session.{{more}}

The Avenue School in Reading caters for children with special needs and is twinned with its counterpart – The Sunshine School in Bequia.

The event was organised by the High Commission for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in London and hosted by the SVG Reading Association.

The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, nationals and the respective Chairs of the various SVG UK National Associations. The main speakers included: Prime Minister Gonsalves, Doris Charles – Minister Counsellor for SVG in London, Sue Browne – Head Teacher of The Avenue School, Lennox Da Silva – Chair of the National Committee of SVG Associations and Luke Browne, with prayers offered by Elder Ormiston Nicholls.

Prime Minister Gonsalves explained to the packed audience the government’s commitment in building a modern, post-colonial economy on a national, regional and international level. Significant advancements have been made in all sectors, including public health, housing, education and wellness revolution, fuel and water storage facilities, promotion of youth to fill the country’s technical requirements, scholarships, roads and bridges, agricultural diversification, as well as, updates on Buccament Bay and the Argyle International Airport that will not only improve infrastructure and accessibility but provide employment and ancillary benefits.

The celebrations included music, poetry and a banquet of food, with the Prime Minister entertaining questions from the audience. These questions focused on SVG’s challenges and key areas of development.