This past weekend, friends and family of The Island School had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to our campus. Joining him was Minister Desmond Bannister (Works), Minister Frankie Campbell (Transport & Local Government), and Minister Jeff Lloyd (Education). The Prime Minister and his staff are the guests of our loyal board members, Stephen and Alessandra Holowesko, son Teo, and Stephen’s mother Lynn Holowesko.
Day’s after Hurricane Irma devastated Ragged Island, rendering it “unlivable” for the Island’s 80 residents, Prime Minister Minnis announced the government’s intention to rebuild Ragged Island as a model “green” island; the first of it’s kind in the region. The Prime Minister and his staff will be looking to the Island School and CEI campuses for inspiration on what sustainability initiatives can be incorporated in the redevelopment of Ragged Island. How can our community model of “Living Well in a Place” be scaled to the size of an island?
This was a tremendous opportunity to showcase the good work we do here on the Cape to the Nation’s leaders. It has long been a key tenant of our mission to model resiliency, self-sufficiency, sustainability, and conservation, with the intent that the ideas employed on campus will be adopted elsewhere for the betterment of our host country. Our visitors were particularly impressed by the breadth of projects we have underway, as well as by our commitment to involving students in each and every one of them. Our educational model incentivizes our students to work together to find solutions that impact the way we live in this place. It has been extremely exciting for our students, staff, faculty and extended Island School family to share these solutions with the wider Bahamian community. We look forward to working together in the future!