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Democratic Labour Party Manifesto 2003
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We aim to equip persons for living, tap creativity, and produce entrepreneurs and independent creative thinkers, who are capable of individual expression.

We will use the education system in the fight against crime, by teaching conflict resolution, equality, self worth, respect, responsibility and character building.

We are committed to African Studies and believe that the concept of Human Capital Development must be seen within the context of life long learning.

We will:

  • Establish HEADSTART as an early education programme providing more places, improving diagnostic services, providing appropriate training for teachers, and providing instructional materials.
  • Launch a major initiative as part of our Education for living called JUMPSTART - to retrain and retool our work force to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.
  • Provide a textbook grant for primary school children.
  • Reintroduce Religious Knowledge as a mandatory subject in all primary schools and up to3rd form in secondary schools.
  • Build a Workers' College in conjunction with the trade unions, with a capacity to train 2000 persons in any given semester.
  • Assist in upgrading the Barbados Workers Union Labour College at Mangrove and the Public Workers Academy.
  • Provide opportunities for retired teachers and other professionals to give of their time and expertise in the training of the new workforce.
  • Embark on a programme to ensure that all schools and educational institutions are staffed and equipped to cater to the needs of persons with disabilities.
  • Expand pre-vocational skills training for young people in the 15-18 age group who may be forced to leave school un-certificated.
  • Upgrade the physical plant and complete schools left unfinished, under a misguided Edutech programme.
  • Expand and upgrade public libraries and equip them with computers.
  • Construct or utilize present facilities for a second campus of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polythechnic.
  • Make technical and vocational education more responsive to the needs of the national economy.
  • Provide more training for foreign language teachers and establish foreign language laboratories at all secondary schools.
  • Expand the guidance counseling programme at all secondary and primary schools.
  • Place greater emphasis on special education, by expanding diagnostic services for slow learners.
  • Expand the Barbados Community College and the UWI Cave Hill campus to meet the demands of applicants as well as to provide higher education to all who aspire to such.

After several studies the issue of coeducation and its impact on our adolescents especially our young men is still unclear. One thing is clear - our young men are performing below accepted standards.

Instead of reversing the entire system, we propose to undertake an experimental approach and reintroduce single sex education at two of our secondary schools for a period of time to gather results, before taking a position on the future of coeducation.

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Key
  Bajan Free Party   NDP = National Democratic Party   United Progressive Party
  Barbados Integrity Movement   People's Democratic Congress   WPB = Workers Party of Barbados
  Barbados Labour Party   PEP = People's Empowerment Party   Independent Candidate
  Democratic Labour Party   PPA = People's Political Alliance   *incumbent
  Kingdom Government of Barbados   Solutions Barbados   ** Political Leader
Sources
Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Bajan Free Party (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/Bajan-Free-Party-BFP-HonAlex-MitchellEl-1767331239973521/
Barbados Integrity Movement (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/barbdaosintegritymovement/?ref=py_c
Barbados Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.blp.org.bb/
Coalition of United Party. (2018) Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/alexmitchell.el/
Democratic Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from http://dlpbarbados.org/site/
Solutions Barbados. (2018). Retrieved from https://solutionsbarbados.com/
United Progressive Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://uppbarbados.org/
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