Director of Education Clare Browne is urging Antiguan and Barbudan students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) to return home and be “the game changer” that the nation “needs … to compete in a global economy”.
Browne was addressing close to 100 students as a guest speaker at the Antigua and Barbuda Students’ Association (ABSA) annual farewell dinner at UWI’s Cave Hill last week.
“I want to suggest … that the best way to influence national, social and economic change is to live in your home country, advocating for reform on the frontlines in government, education, and civil society,” the director said.
He added, “People like you are the reason for our country remaining relatively competitive within the global village … Your motherland needs you now more than ever to assume that role of agile game changer – you who understand that there is no need to think outside the box, but simply realise that there is absolutely no box.”
The director also congratulated the outgoing members of the ABSA for the services they have provided as it relates to the welfare of Antiguan and Barbudan students at the Cave Hill campus.
The incoming executive of the ABSA is made up of President Latisha Browne, Vice President Lynelle Greene, Secretary Robert Emanuel, Treasurer Kyla Christian, Welfare Officer Annya Francis and Public Relations Officer Jush Timothy.
This executive will serve for the 2017-2018 academic year.