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The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Barbados Donates Electronic Devices to Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training of Barbados

On June 26, 2020, H.E. Yan Xiusheng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados, handed over 12 laptops to the Hon. Santia Bradshaw, Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training of Barbados at the Chinese Embassy. These devices are provided to help the Ministry to overcome the challenge of electronic devices shortage in maintaining teaching process during the current pandemic situation. Mrs. Betty Alleyne-Headley, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training of Barbados, Ms. Kendra Holdip, Senior Foreign Service Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, and Mr. Zou Xi, Counselor of the Embassy also attended the handover ceremony.

Ambassador Yan said, COVID-19 has changed people’s lives a lot, including how education process being conducted. Online teaching and learning has become a global new normal. He hoped the donated devices can join the Ministry’s effort to ensure the continuation of Barbadian students’ education during the special epidemic time, helping Barbadian students catch up with the trend of digitalization and intelligentization in the 21st century and bridge the digital divide in Barbados.

Ambassador Yan also stressed, China and Barbados enjoys long-standing friendship, and the solidarity and cooperation in the experience of combating COVID-19 has brought the two countries and peoples even closer. Today’s donation of electronic devices is another good example of this long-time friendship. Lots of cooperative projects in education and training between the two countries are underway, including Chinese Government Scholarship, Confucius Institute in the UWI Cave Hill Campus and dispatching Chinese teachers to the Faculty of Humanity and Education of the University. The Embassy will continue to work with Barbadian government and people to enhance the cooperation and friendship to a higher level, for the sake of building a community with a shared future for China and Barbados.

Minister Santia Bradshaw, on behalf of the Hon. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and the government of Barbados, thanked for the timely electronic devices donation from the Embassy, as well as the medical supplies donations and various help to Barbados from China since the outbreak of the epidemic. Highly commended the long standing friendship between Barbados and China, through the sun and the rain, Minister Santia Bradshaw said that, the donation will help the Ministry to better reach the target of online teaching program. She also mentioned that the Chinese Government Scholarship program has offered precious opportunities for Barbadian students to enlarge the horizon in a bigger world. The Barbadian students studying in China are well taken care of in the epidemic and could continue their classes through online learning. The Chinese teachers dispatched to the UWI Cave Hill Campus provided Bajans great opportunities to learn Chinese language. She also expressed enthusiasm to conduct more cooperation with China in the area of education.

The journalists from Government Information Service, The Barbados Advocate, Barbados Today, Nation news, Caribbean Broadcasting Co-operation and Starcom Network reported this event.

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