August 29, 2014
Students awarded scholarships by Cuba

The Embassy of Cuba held a cocktail, hosted by Ambassador Pablo Rodríguez Vidal and his wife, in honour of seven Vincentian students who have been awarded scholarships by the Government of Cuba, commencing September 2014.{{more}}

Of the seven recipients, six will pursue studies in Medicine. They are, Swana John, Rachael Quashie, Raven Cruickshank, Chamane Peniston, Preston Mercury and Chezaul Walker. These students will attend the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), while Akley Olton will pursue studies in Photography Direction, funded by the International School for Cinema and Television (EICTV) and by the ALBA Cultural Project.

The Republic of Cuba, has, for the past decades, offered scholarships in various fields such as Medicine, Engineering, Sports, Architecture, Veterinary Science, Economics, Journalism, and Nursing, among others, which total 396. In responding to the offer of scholarships, Clayton Burgin, Minister of Health and the Environment, expressed thanks on behalf of the Government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines for the generous gift from the Government of Cuba over the years in building education in SVG.

Also giving remarks were Frederick Stevenson, Minister of National Mobilization, Social Development, the Family, Persons with Disabilities and Youth, and Rene Baptiste, Speaker of the OECS Parliament and president of the Vincentian Association of Artists, Writers and Producers INC, the latter having an arm of solidarity with Cuba.