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Minister praises UWI

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Minister praises UWI

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) at Cave Hill was praised yesterday for its contribution to the development of Barbados.
In a service launching a week of activities to mark 50 years of the UWI, Methodist minister Anthony Sobers called the university a shining example “that we can hold up proudly to the rest of the world”.  
Members of the UWI Alumni Association joined the congregation of James Street Methodist Church for the service.
Sobers said there was a lot to be pleased about the way the Cave Hill campus had developed. He said that if many sectors including the judiciary, health, industrial and agricultural sectors in the country had grown and developed in the way the campus had done, “we would all be very proud of our land this day”.
Sobers told the congregation that while they came to church to sing hymns and have fellowship, they would return to a world of suffering.  
“We will return tomorrow to a world in which that tragedy known as poverty, a tragedy in which the working poor is unable to provide even the most basic of necessities for the family.
“After the doors of this chapel close today we will be back to a world where government debt will threaten to derail our provision of educational opportunities for the poor . . . tomorrow we will be back in a world of suffering where the trade of illegal guns and drugs will continue to rip the lifeblood of our young men.”  
So “we dare not bury our head in the sand and pretend that it is not a broken world but in such a world the faith in God is all we have left”, the minister said.
The Alumni Association’s week of activities will continue today with a reunion dinner at the Cave Hill School of Business. The distinguished alumni lecture will be delivered by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Thursday and the Alumni Service Day will be held on Friday. (LK)