Horizon I – Parkinson Community Centre – Sports

Sector:Poverty Alleviation

Country:Barbados

The communities in the Pine and Wildey districts have little or no facilities to attract or positively engage the youth in the district. There was an urgent need to upgrade the Parkinson Community Centre and the nearby football field.

Project Summary
The Trust’s donation will provide an upgrade of the current facilities inclusive of providing sporting and training facilities, doubling the amount of floor space in the community centre, supplying an IT workshop and computer equipment for vocational training for use by the local community members and creating new road access and parking facilities. This support will build social cohesion and personal development amongst the community members and provide the youth of the area with the ability to participate in a number of activities.

Horizon Phase II – Parkinson Secondary School Industrial Arts Block

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

The Parkinson Memorial Secondary School is a co-educational public secondary school, located in the Pine St. Michael. It was opened on 22 February 1961.

Project Summary
The School is currently in need of an Industrial Arts Block as the previous building was derelict and had not been in use for many years. The new facility would allow for the continuation of technical vocational classes on site in a safe environment as the children currently have to utilise neighbouring school facilities.

This is a joint venture between the Government of Barbados and The Maria Holder Memorial Trust. The proposed Industrial Arts Block is a much needed upgrade for the school. The vision for the facility is commensurate with the necessary intention to set the requisite high standards required to positively impact the staff and students of the school in every area of endeavour.The new building will enable the offering of continuing education programmes to the wider public (fee paying) as well, with particular focus on the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications and to include other courses. This will benefit the school’s finances and programmes in general.

The Maria Holder Nursery School

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Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

The Maria Holder Nursery School was built by in Memory of the late Maria Holder. It was her wish to assist within the educational sector especially at the important early stages of a child’s schooling. Maria’s belief was “without education you have nothing”.

Project Summary
The school was officially opened on 30 September 2011 at Sharon, St Thomas and is the first school built by The Maria Holder Memorial Trust in collaboration with The Government of Barbados. The school currently has a roll of 113 children and held its first graduation on 9 July 2012. The students at the Maria Holder Nursery school all range between the ages of 3 – 5 years old which is the optimum age for early childhood development. Entry into school at this age will stimulate innate curiosity and a desire to learn and improved performance of students in primary education.