the community as an extension of the family. Defined in its
broadest terms, our objective of community development is
to identify and mobilise the resources (financial, labour,
expertise, ideas and time) of the community to enable the
community to improve its quality of life and achieve its goals.
the Neighborhood Watch Programme as not only a system to
fight crime, but to build relationships within the community.
up counseling agencies at the community level.
the skills of influential community leaders, clergymen,
public officers, sports and other leaders to become good
role models, and build relations across communities.
will encourage the development of Community Councils which
will be concerned with the management and implementation
of programmes in:
relationships between the youth and elderly.
establishment of cooperatives.
and sports development.
the Community Development Council to play a major role in
referral of problems to the appropriate agency and liaising
with agencies such as the BYC, NCF, schools, churches.
a National Community Development Week.
Community Centers to the communities they serve and plan
and execute after-school and adult programmes in conjunction
with CBO's and NGO's.
the importance of sports in sustaining our national esteem.
Sports promotes physical and mental health, provides alternatives
to anti-social behaviour while fostering cohesion, and co-operation.
We therefore see sports as a means of human and social development,
which teaches responsibility and plays an important role,
not only in physical, but in social and psychological development
inculcates values such as dedication, relationship building,
respect for family and team spirit.
the approach of the Democratic Labour Party to the development
of sports has been to facilitate the efforts of voluntary
organisations and to provide financial assistance.
tax concessions to organizations and private sector companies
that sponsor sports teams and events and give leave to employees
who represent their country.
assistance for individuals who are selected to represent
Barbados to train and travel.
the National Sports Council and provide it with the resources
to carry out its mandate of implementing a National Sports
this plan, we will:
a Sports Coordinator for each parish.
a Sports Centre in each parish and implement a structured
programme for the development of sports and sport-related
all secondary and primary school grounds and appoint
a trained and dedicated sports master at each school.
two mini-stadiums. One in the East and one in the North.
- with state television and radio leading the way - more
broadcasting of general and indigenous sporting events.
a National Hall of Fame into which outstanding national
sports persons would be inducted.
the contribution from the lotteries to the sporting bodies
to ensure fairness.
where necessary contributions to national sporting organizations.
more young people to get involved in athletics and give
further support for the special Olympics movement.
our marketing thrust in Sports Tourism.
full support to the WIBC and BCA to facilitate the hosting
of cricket World Cup in 2007.
an in-depth study to explore the feasibility of professional
sports as a means of employment for the youth and upliftment
of our local coaches.
a National Sports Scholarships Programme and award 2 scholarships
is our way of life - the way we walk, the way we talk, the
way we dance, the things we eat, the way we worship - need
we say more? It is our LIFE!
foundation of our policy on culture is our commitment to our
indigenous cultural identity. The complexity of our national
culture results from a combination of our multi-cultural history,
and the fact that our nation operates and forms part of a
wider regional and global family and community that has ever-increasing
influence over us. This threatens the maintenance of several
elements of our culture, which are uniquely Barbadian.
that our cultural identity forms the core of our national
identity; hence our indigenous cultural patterns and practices
must be valued, protected and developed. We must also value
those progressive elements which now form part of culture
but which may not be uniquely ours, but are beneficial to
our national development.
We recognise culture as shaping the social relations of all
the members of society, hence a policy on culture must be
continually reassessed for its relevance and benefit.
as our guiding principle, we will:
fully the programmes of the National Cultural Foundation.
the financial support for the NCF.
the development of a National Film Institute that will create
and promote local TV programming for the imaging of Barbadian
and give financial support to a Music Development Agency,
which would look at creating and aggressively marketing
a national beat, and work with international music producers
to earn foreign exchange.
duty free access for the components necessary to develop
a modern, viable recording industry, utilizing the latest
will package and aggressively market our cultural product,
by appointing a cultural officer at the Barbados Tourism
the Crop-Over Festival the national recognition it deserves
and provide the funding necessary for its marketing and
development. The NCF should not be competing with the calypso
tents, Kadooment bands and other cultural entities for sponsorships.
duty free access to bona fide cultural groups for importation
of materials for Crop-Over.
one scholarship annually to Barbadian designers and producers
for study and development, so that we safeguard our uniquely
VAT from calypso tent shows during Crop-Over.
VAT from 100% Bajan shows.
two scholarships for the Arts annually - performing and
encourage a vibrant cultural industry, we will have to upgrade
a number of school halls, and install the required seating,
lighting and other stage equipment to provide venues for
the performing arts.
craft markets that would provide outlets for our artists
and other crafts-people.
the Empire Theater as a national auditorium for the arts.
and give support to village and community fairs and exhibitions.
we will initiate National Cultural Education programmes
at all levels in the society to aid in the process of relationship
building across members and generations in our society.
This program will especially focus on cultural and historical
story telling in schools and community centers by member
of our elderly population.
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