Two hundred and fifty (250) students from secondary schools across Tobago, along with twenty (20) teachers ventured to Movie Towne this morning (February 27) for the 11.30 screening of the recently released ‘Blank Panther’ movie, courtesy the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy (DEIE). The students and teachers were also accompanied by Assistant Secretary of DEIE Marisha Osmond, Administrator Jacqueline Job and Schools Supervisor 111 Sherry-Anne Rollocks-Hackett.
Chief Secretary and Secretary of DEIE Kelvin Charles is in high praises for actor Winston Duke and animator Sekani Solomon. Mr. Charles says, “This is exactly the kind of motivation and inspiration that our students need at this time, especially given the myriad of unpleasant incidents taking place in our schools.” Charles further states, “Black Panther is timely, not just for the wider world but more so for Tobago and Tobagonians. I stand extremely proud as a fellow Tobagonian to recognize the great achievements of Winston Duke and Sekani Solomon – two Tobago sons.”
Mrs. Rollocks-Hackett described the treat as an opportunity to expose the island’s children to the possibilities that exist in the world, especially given the casting of Argyle born Winston Duke in the movie. “It is important for our students to understand that wherever they are located in the world, whatever dream they have, it can be realized once they focus and do what is necessary,” says Rollocks-Hackett. She further added, “We have a lot of talent right here in Tobago among students in the non-academic areas such as art and the creative arts for example theatre arts. However, these students must not be dissuaded from pursuing these areas but instead be made aware of the potential and scope that exist for such areas of interest.”
The Tobago House of Assembly continues to have conversations with actor Winston Duke about possibilities of partnership.