Boldon, former international sprinter and Olympic medallist,
Wendy fitzwilliam, 1998 Miss Universe and vice president/general
manager, business development, Evolving Technologies and
Enterprise Development Company, and Michael Phillips, champion
cyclist, pose for a promotional photograph at at Queens
Royal College where they launched the Guardian in Education
Making a Difference schools tour on January 18th, 2005.
January 14th, 2005, the Trinidad Publishing Company
launched phase one of its 2005 Guardian in Education
project, with the support of the Ministry of Education.
The theme this year is Making a Difference. It involves
five national heroes who will visit 86 secondary schools,
sharing their perspectives on life, their struggles,
challenges and achievements. The aim is to inspire
young people to overcome obstacles, set goals, achieve
and excel. In the next few pages, we bring you some
of the highlights of the launch which took place at
the Ansa McAl Training Centre in Port-of-Spain.
success comes from using bran, not body - (16/11/05)
Id like to say that my constant complaint about this
country is that most people sit on the side-lines and there
are few who are willing to get on the front lines...
in Education winners honoured - (10/11/05)
Take writing seriously
plea has been made for a more co-operative effort to improve
childrens writing skills.
The call has come from chief judge of the Guardian in Education
essay competition, Anna Mahase, who says she would love
to see more people grasp the English language...
cyclist: Use negativity in order to grow - (29/10/05)
powerful and inspiring speech by former national cyclist
Michael Phillips brought students of the Holy Name Convent,
Port-of-Spain, to their feet as he urged them to use negativity
in order to grow...
YOUR REPUTATION...you can make your dreams a reality
is it important that your reputation remains intact? Let
me give you a good example. Many of you may have read in
the newspaper some time ago about what was happening with
many track and field athletes on the world stage, many of
whom are Americans...
Sharing one of worlds greatest gifts
time to help others -
of the greatest gifts in life is sharing. It is also more
than just getting distinctions at O-and A-Level examinations
but helping others to achieve...
makes impact at St Josephs Convent
your fear and do it anyway -
of St Josephs Convent, San Fernando, Dinnara Bainey,
blushed as she took the hand of former Olympic medallist
Ato Boldon to finally meet him in the flesh,
and welcome him to her school on Tuesday...
gives secret to his success - (01/10/05)
let critics get you down
his main goal in life was to bring home an Olympic gold
medal for T&T, Ato Boldon said on Wednesday he had no
regrets representing the nation over the past 12 years...
to parents: Make time for children - (30/09/05)
Olympic track star Ato Boldon is calling on parents to spend
more time with their children....
tells students never give up in life - (24/09/05)
ship past bad waves
formers of Point Fortin Senior Comprehensive School, sporting
pristinely clean running shoes, ran over to former sprinting
sensation Ato Boldon on Thursday, challenging him to a race...
yourself a masterpiece - (23/09/05)
am here to share with all of you, students, my experiences
in growing up, dealing with people, careers in sports, so
that you may be able to pick one or two things that can
apply to your lives...
restarts Guardian in Education bandwagon
key tool in life
not be upset or disappointed when someone tells you no.
Instead, rethink your strategy to get them to say yes. Bear
in mind, however, that in life, no one owes you anything...
woos em in Guaico - (24/06/05)
Fitzwilliam relived her initial moments of glory, after
being crowned Miss Universe 1998, during the Guardian In
Education project at Guaico Government Secondary School
good name is key, Phillips tells students - (14/06/05)
banners than students greeted Michael Phillips, former national
cyclist, at the Malick Youth Facilitys auditorium
for the Guardian in Education presentation last Friday...
lesson in mediation
cyclist Michael Phillips went out of his way on Wednesday
to demonstrate conflict resolution skills to a teenage girl...
for excellenceAto (05/05/05)
excellence is not a sprint but a marathon, says Olympic
bronze medalist Ato Boldon...
questions for Ato (04/05/05)
Boldons challenge was never the inability to speak.
But when he spoke in front of a hall filled with St Augustine
Senior Comprehensive Secondary students on Monday, he came
face to face with tough questions...
tackles issues of girls, distraction
the best out of school (30/04/05)
wasnt tall enough to reach the mic on the stand, but
a Hillview College student had the whole school hall rocking
with laughter on Thursday, when he asked Ato Boldon in a
small voice, I want to know if girls have ever affected
your school work.
delights hundreds in Iere
hard to achieve goals (29/04/05)
medals around their necks and armed with their autograph
books and notepads, Iere High School and Siparia Senior
Comprehensive School students were on Wednesday told they
needed to create history, rather than rewrite it...
goals and develop self-confidence (11/03/05)
my first time in this part of Trinidad. Usually most of
Trinidad I have ridden to or ridden through, but Im
happy to have extended my knowledge of the roads of T&T...
tells students at Cowen Hamilton:
your own goals (10/03/05)
life would have been meaningless if he had not set goals
for himself, cyclist and artist Michael Phillips told Cowen
Hamilton Secondary Students, as he urged them to map out
a plan for their future...
ready to help young stars (04/03/05)
Olympic medallist Ato Boldon has said he is on a mission
to help anyone who has the passion and drive to excel in
the field of athletics...
Phillips touch a nerve (02/03/05)
had a baby on the way at 18, the other struggled to make
it in a junior secondary school, with murmurs all around
the extended family on his gloomy future...
January 28, 2005, former Miss Universe, Wendy Fitzwilliam
addressed forms four to six students of Union Claxton Bay.
must thank the Trinidad Publishing Company for giving me
the opportunity to come and speak with you...
a difference - stay focussed (01/02/05)
of the things that I would like to speak to you about today
is based on an experience that I had...
balance, cyclist urges youth (28/01/05)
Persad put up her hand many times before Michael Phillips
could get to her with the cordless microphone, busy as he
was kept by her peers...
schools tour reaches Princes Town
and Michael:Your name is your fortune (20/01/05)
students got a treat yesterday, when sports celebrities
Ato Boldon and Michael Phillips went to Princes Town Senior
Comprehensive, as part of the Guardian in Education Making
a Difference schools tour...
Power of influence (19/01/05)
sugarcake may save a Life. One day in a small store in Curepe,
two young gangsters entered suddenly and held up the people
inside. One of the shoppers, an old lady, was so frightened
that she started to hyperventilate. At that, one of the
bandits drew a stool forward and said kindly, Don't
frighten, Granny. Come sit down and catch yourself. We ent
goin hurt you.
of the visit to Queen's Royal College on January 18th, 2005.
of Guardian in Education prize-giving function, phase 3,
2005 January 14, 2005
prize winner (19/01/05)
the Honourable Hazel Manning, Minister of Education, chairman
emeritus of the Ansa McAl Group, Dr Anthony Sabga, chairman
of the board of Trinidad Publishing Co Ltd, Mr. Dennis Gurley,
specially invited guests Ato Boldon, Wendy Fitzwilliam,
Michael Phillips, representatives of the sponsor companies,
other distinguished guests, good morning...
begin Guardian schools tour
wows QRC for Making a Difference (19/01/05)
Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam, was the feature speaker
at the inaugural Guardian in Education Making a Difference
schools tour yesterday afternoon...
need to make a difference
Government of Trinidad and Tobago has mandated the Ministry
of Education to create the human capital necessary for sustained
growth and development as we shape a vision for our country
to achieve developed country status by 2020...
by Guardian Managing Director (19/01/05)
the Honourable Hazel Manning, Minister of Education, Chairman
Emeritus of the Ansa McAl Group, Dr. Anthony Sabga, chairman
of the board of Trinidad Publishing, Dennis Gurley, chief
assessor, Dr Anna Mahase, our very special guests Wendy
Fitzwilliam, Ato Boldon and Michael Phillips, representatives
of our corporate co-sponsors, principals, parents, students...
vision for Trinidad & Tobago goes far beyond a
myopic view of developments within our island borders.
As a regional institution, we focus on national advances
in the context of an integrated Caribbean and constantly
look for both business and community-outreach initiatives
to improve our national standing in terms of regionalisation
in an increasingly interconnected international community.
While our corporate social responsibility programmes
seek to touch people at all levels, there is specific
focus on youth development.
Young Leaders, our flagshipinternationally acclaimedyouth
development programme, strives to continually embody
the concept of Caribbean community, as evidenced in
this years theme Strengthening Caribbean Society
Vision, Our Culture, Our People.
This years debate motions further complement
the theme, requiring debaters to confront the issue
of how integration and globalisation may affect the
Through this kind of subject matter, we are able to
open the minds of our Young Leaders to ideas that
can contribute to the betterment of our society in
a globalised world.
refrain of Victor Hugo speaks to the vision that we
at Guardian Holdings have for Trinidad & Tobago
and the Caribbean: The future has many names.
For the weak it is the unattainable; for the fearful
it is the unknown. For the bold it is opportunity.
With courage, faith, strong leadership and the excellent
technical ability that we Caribbean people possess
in abundance, GHL believes that any Caribbean company
can excel in the global market place.
GHL understands that the strength of a company, a
country and this region, are dependent on our people.
We adhere firmly to our core principles of corporate
citizenship and business responsibility knowing that
good corporate governance is the hallmark of an ethical
organisation and the benchmark by which Guardian Holdings
conducts its business.
To this end, our various and many corporate social
responsibility programmes in the areas of sport, youth,
education, are strong reflections of these core beliefs.
corporate vision is to establish Trinidad and Tobago
as a major player in the global natural gas business.
The company, on its own or through its various subsidiaries,
has pursued this vision for the country not only through
its vital contribution to the development of the natural
gas industry and its consistent, safe and reliable
supply of natural gas to its clients, but also through
its ongoing corporate social programmes.
Part of NGCs profit accrues to the State in
the form of dividends. A further portion of its profits
is administered directly to communities through its
support of education and training, small business
development, sport and the arts, to name a few areas.
These programmes initiated or supported by NGC have
led to tangible improvements in communities nationwide,
resulting in increased employment, healthier social
and community life, athletic and artistic development
and, noticeably, reduced crime and juvenile delinquency
in some communities.
This is good news for the nation because it is good
news for foreign investors, who seek not only the
assurance of reliable supplies of resources for their
businesses, and solid infrastructure upon which to
base them, but a stable social and political climate
and an educated, dedicated and dependable workforce.
In supporting individual communities, therefore, NGC
does not only bring home the benefits of natural gas
to the individual, but also brings Trinidad and Tobago
one step closer to the vision we have for our country.
good education is a doorway to opportunity, whether
that learning is acquired in school, on the job, through
values we learn at home or through special community
initiatives like the Guardian in Education project.
At Yara Trinidad Ltd, our vision is to continue in
profitable business and influence positive business
development through organisational mastery in the
safe and reliable production of fertilisers for the
benefit of all stakeholders.
Continuous learning and improvement are integral to
our ammonia manufacturing operation, for they contribute
to raising the bar on productivity and to sound business
We believe that sustainable business growth in Trinidad
and Tobago will be realised when continuous learning
and improvement with the focus on quality become integral
to the psyche of the entire business community and
our working population.
This learning focus is consistent with our community
initiatives in education, safety, environmental care
In almost all of the community projects we have initiated
and supported, the development of people is at the
core. We aim to make meaningful contributions, so
that the national community benefits, not just in
the short term but, with sustainable impact.
We embraced the opportunity to support the Guardian
in Education essay competition for secondary schools
students because it is based on literacy a
foundation block for personal growth.
The project allows young people, who will soon enter
the working world to sharpen their research skills,
think analytically, write concisely and recommend
solutions to social issues. It broadens their perspective
even as it helps to raise the consciousness of all
who read the essays.
We are pleased to continue this partnership and to
provide opportunities for young people to learn how
discipline and productivity interconnect, how ethical
values translate into business values and how knowledge
can give you the edge in a very competitive world.
at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre want
Trinidad and Tobago to be recognised as one of the
best business centres in the Western Hemisphere.
We hope that Trinidad and Tobago can become self-sufficient
while producing some of the most skilled professionals
the world has to offer.
Through our charitable programme Hilton K.I.D.S in
the Caribbean, we support projects such as the Guardian
in Education School's Essay Project. We firmly believe
that education is the only means by which we can end
the cycle of poverty and the dependency syndrome that
plague our society today.
By informing our youth about key societal issues,
such as conservation, economic productivity and HIV/Aids
awareness, we can teach them how to appreciate and
explore the wonder that is Trinidad and Tobago, without
We are proud to have been a part of this phase of
the competition and look forward to supporting it
the national promotional agency of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago, the mission of the Tourism and
Industrial Development Corporation Limited (Tidco)
is to market our country as a premier destination
to visit and a place to do business and invest. As
such, we welcome the efforts of others who serve as
our partners in promotion.
By encouraging the youth of our nation to think about
all that is attractive about Trinidad and Tobago,
we thank the Trinidad Guardian , the schools and the
students for the thought-provoking, Secondary School
We are pleased and proud to support this Project and
the many authors who help us to tell the
Trinidad and Tobago story.
The TIDCO team joins in urging the participants to
keep on writing, to continue investigating and discovering
the beauty and opportunity that is ours.