Barbados and Abu Dhabi Participate in One School One Country Programme

10/13/2017 03:09 AM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Competitors (L-R) Akeil Craig-Browne, Tinisha Hall, Takiya Jordan, Roshida Griffith and Team Leader Wendy McClean enjoy the One School One Country cultural exchange programme.

Barbados will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of the students and teachers at the Emirates Private School in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  

That's because the school hosted  the Barbados WorldSkills team under the One School One Country programme.  

Hairdressing competitor, Takiya Jordan enjoyed the visit. "We got such a warm welcome from the teachers and students. They did a cultural presentation that included our music and dancing and some of their own. Then we told them about Barbados, Oistins and Bridgetown, chattel houses, green monkeys, cricket and Rihanna." 

Cooking competitor, Tinisha Hall thought the One School One Country programme was a great way to learn about Abu Dhabi's culture and food.  

"They prepared a feast for us, they are such warm and welcoming people, I had such a lovely experience."

Akeil Craig-Browne, automobile technology competitor, was also impressed. "The school was wonderful," he remarked, adding that both teachers and students were eager to take photos with them. 

As is customary in the Middle East, gifts were exchanged. Students of the Emirates Private School gave team members beautiful jewelry boxes, plaques and souvenirs.  

According to, "One School One Country is a programme held in conjunction with the WorldSkills Competition. Schools in the Host country are matched with a WorldSkills Member country or region. 

In class, students learn about the values, traditions and culture of the WorldSkills Member that they have adopted, as well as information about the skilled careers represented at the Competition. 

Finally students and Competitors meet when students welcome the Competitors at their schools."