BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Several organisations and individuals received financial support from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) when the school donated close to EC$80,000 as part of its education outreach initiative.
Cheques were distributed during an awards ceremony at the RUSVM’s West Farm Campus. Donations were made to the Ministry of National Security to go towards the Police’s Annual Summer Camp to assist with the ministry’s effort to reach at-risk youth and reduce juvenile delinquency; to the Basseterre High School (BHS) Chemistry Team for its BHS Chemistry Lab Project that is aimed at providing BHS students with a space for lab-based experimentation to help prepare them for their final regional exams; and to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force to help with offering relevant, current education and training which will assist officers in doing their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful.
The individuals who benefited are expected to use the money for their educational pursuits. Tuition support was given to Constable Travis Henry who is currently entering his final year of study in Criminal Justice with a focus on Digital Forensics, and Kerown Eddy, who is presently in Trinidad and Tobago studying for a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture.
Ross University has been in St. Kitts for more than 30 years. RUSVM Dean, Dr. Sean Callanan, said that this approach was in line with the view that people could be given opportunities through education in a number of areas.
“Education is not single-faceted it is multi-faceted,” Dr. Callanan explained. “Education can be around improvement in public speaking; crisis management; to empower people that have not had a good education this far; and we can reinvigorate them by giving them opportunities that they didn’t have. That makes us feel good and we hope it makes them feel good as well.”
The US-based Adtalem Global Education is RUSVM’s parent company. Lisa Sodeika, Adtalem Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations at Adtalem Global Education, was present in St. Kitts for the awards ceremony.
“When we contribute to communities where our colleagues, family members and our students live and work, we partner with groups that do great work in the community,” Sodeika explained. “One of the things that struck me here today is that we’re impacting children all the way from the youth camps as they enter primary school and through high school and college, That educational pipeline is so important as we think about our role in helping develop a stronger highly educated workforce here in St. Kitts and everywhere Adtalem operates.”