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Minister Davidson Ishmael Unveils ‘Little Library’ at Eden Lodge

Young people in Barbados have been told that books can transform their lives.

This is the advice from Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Wellness and M.P for St Michael North, the Honourable, Davidson Ishmael.

Minister Ishmael made the comments whilst delivering the Featured Remarks at the unveiling of the Prince Godwill D Formusoh Foundation’s Barbados is Blooming “Little Libraries” project at the Community Development Department’s Eden Lodge Community Centre in St. Michael.

Hon. Davidson Ishmael, MP. and Jaiheim Spencer, one of the BCC students who constructed the Little Libraries, cutting the ribbon to
officially open the library.

The St. Michael North M.P. recounted the story of how a teacher at his primary school read him the story about the life of celebrated U.S Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr Ben Carson, that inspired him and transformed his own life. He said he too like Dr Carson grew up poor,  but endeavoured to use education to break the shackles of poverty, which all Barbadian young people can do.

Mr Ishmael was born and raised in Eden Lodge, one of the largest catchment districts in his constituency and in urban Barbados, and the location of the second oldest housing estate in the island.

He says he  played darts and table tennis in the community centre as a little boy, and participated in programmes put on by the Ministry of Community Empowerment.

The Minister noted that literacy was vital to the successful development of our young people, adding that through books individuals “view the world in an entirely different way, which adds value to their lives”.

Children from the Eden Lodge community perusing their new books.

In speaking to the Eden Lodge Under -15 football team and other young people attending the ceremony, Minister Ishmael told them that “government is investing in their future, to help shape and mould their lives, as well as the future of Barbados”. He urged them to make full use of the books on offer, which can significantly impact their lives. Minister Ishmael also lauded the partnership between the Community Development Department, the Prince Godwill D Fomusoh Foundation and the Massy Foundation, noting the value 0f it to the development and landscape of communities.