August 25 Basseterre St. Kitts: Twenty five students
who have just graduated from several universities in the Republic of Cuba were congratulated by St. Kitts and Nevis Prime
Minister Dr.Denzil Douglas. Speaking during a Recognition Ceremony held at
the University Centre in Basseterre and organised by the Association of St. Kitts and Nevis Students Studying in Cuba,
Prime Minister Douglas noted that the students have successfully completed courses of study leading to degrees in engineering,
medicine, dentistry, psychology, architecture, accounting and economics.
from this very wide array of professionals that we now have returning to St. Kitts and Nevis, I believe that this is the single
largest group of our citizens who have graduated at any one time from any university around the world,” said Dr. Douglas.
“You have been trained
in an environment that is different, from other environments of learning I believe around the entire Caribbean, if not around
the world. You have been trained specifically to return to serve, to serve your people in a poor country.
You are part of the bigger initiative to eradicate poverty here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Prime Minister
Douglas, who along with Cuba’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Mr. Orlando Alvarez, presented
the Certificates of Recognition awarded by the Association of St. Kitts and Nevis Students Studying in Cuba.
Prime Minister Douglas used
the opportunity to congratulate the students, their parents and children for the sacrifices made during the six to seven years
that the students pursued tertiary level education with the assistance of the Government of Cuba and his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour
“As we ponder the issues
of poverty, as we ponder on its causes, the manifestations and poverty reduction actions, let us remember that education must
be translated into action and persistence, vision and a passion to make things better,” said Prime Minister Douglas,
who noted that it was the former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge who viewed it this way: ‘Nothing in the world can take
the place of persistence. Talent it will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. ….. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved
and always will solve the problems of the human race.’
“Tonight I say, my
dear fellow citizens and graduates press on, press on in our fight against poverty,” concluded Prime Minister Douglas.
The theme of the Recognition Ceremony, which was co-chaired by President of the Association, Mr. Dail Crawford and Ms. Violet
Williams, who is studying psychology in Cuba was “Fighting Poverty through Education.”
Dr. Giovanna Matthew (Basseterre),
Dr. Vance Gilbert (Tabernacle), Dr. Garfield Alexander (Basseterre), Dr. Terrence Drew (St. Peter’s), Dr. Merissa Grant
(Basseterre), Dr. Norgen Webster (Sandy Point), Dr. Joylett Woodley (Sandy Point), Dr. Darryl Warner (Sandy Point) and Dr.
Sharon Archibald (Basseterre) obtained medical degrees.
Dr. Trevor Christmas (Saddlers)
graduated as a dentist and Carolyn Brownbill and Cherrilyn Warde-Crawford as psychologists. Warde-Crawford husband, Dail,
is also pursuing a medical degree in Cuba and expects to graduate next year.
Other nationals who graduated
from Cuban universities are Jovica Williams (Cayon), Scwbash Caines (Middle Island) and Dion French (Saddlers) in Accounts/Finance;
Hollis Prentice (Basseterre), Abou Elliott (Basseterre), Theodore Phipps (Saddlers) and Dahlia Francis (Cayon) in Economics;
Jeremiah Woodley (Sandy Point) and Calvin Martin (St. Peter’s) in Architecture; Kevin Bennett (Newton Ground) in Industrial
Engineering; Verna Morris (Tabernacle) in Spanish/Linguistics; Linden Dickenson (Challengers) in Mechanical Engineering) and
Nubian Greaux (Basseterre) in Electrical Engineering.
The ceremony was attended
by Minister of Public Works and former Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin, the first Cuban-trained physician
in St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Kitts and Nevis Kingston-based Ambassador to Cuba and High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency
Mr. Cedric Harper; Cuba’s Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Mr. Orlando Alvarez and Resident Tutor,
Mrs. Olivia Edgecombe-Howell.
Pastor Lloyd Williams, father
of graduate, Jovica Williams, gave the Invocation. Miss Nadine Natta, who is studying pre-school education in Cuba, dedicated
a selection to the graduates and the Mighty Junior, St. Kitts’ Junior Calypso and OECS Junior Monarch sang is famous
“Fight Violence and Crime.” Dr. Garfield Alexander responded on behalf of the graduates. Caronette Franks, daughter
of former Commissioner of Police Mr. Stanly Franks and his wife, gave the Vote of Thanks. Caronette is studying medicine in
AESNEC President Crawford
told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister that two Cuban-trained Nevisian dentists, Dr. Veron Brookes
and Dr. Royston Archibald have returned to Havana to specialise in a field of dentistry. Kittitians Dr. Randy Liburd and Dr.
Daveen Wilkes-Wilkins and Nevisian Dr. Retna Walwyn previously graduated from Cuban universities in the last two years.