By Floyd French
(Basseterre, St. Kitts) – The Republic of China on Taiwan presented each of 125 students in the Federation with an $400 contribution towards their studies. The presentation was done at the Basseterre High School auditorium on June 27.
Taiwan’s Ambassador to St. Kitts-Nevis, Mr. Rong Chuan Wu encouraged the students to build on today’s achievements in order to guarantee a brighter future for St. Kitts-Nevis.
“Five years later, ten years later, wherever you are, probably some of you would get your PHD and stay in the United States, some of you would come back to the Federation, some of you would stay in this beautiful land and I want to encourage you just to continue to contribute to this beautiful land,” he said.
The Ambassador also stressed the importance of non-academic achievement, and he reminded them of the importance of friendship with classmates and other social skills.
On that note Ambassador Wu made an appeal to develop vocational education programmes, especially agriculture and offered the assistance of his Government to develop such vocational programmes.
“I am very proud to tell you I come from a former farming family. I know that it is eventually right to come back to the land,” the Ambassador declared.
In light of the global economic challenges, the Ambassador stressed the need for policies towards food security and added that the contributions to the students can help to soften the impact those challenges have on the families receiving the monetary gift.
The scholarship programme has been in existence for 10 years now, and the Minister with responsibilities for education, Hon. Sam Condor thanked the Government and people of the Republic of China for their contributions over the years.
The 125 students are currently in their first year of high school. The scholarships are in recognition of their performance in last year’s Test of Standards Examinations.