CDB support for special education scholarships in Barbados

12 Jul 2017


The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through its sponsorship programme, has been supporting two students of the Schoolhouse for Special Needs in Barbados since the 2013-2014 academic year. As they enter the fifth and final year of that scholarship, one of the students, Antwahn Boyce-Vaughn, appears to have found his calling as an artist.

Antwahn, who celebrates his 17th birthday on July 17, says he began painting seriously in September 2016. He sharpened this new skill in his Cottage Industry class. On a recent report card, comments mentioned that he is a “very good observational drawer and has great illustrating potential.”

One of the paintings that Antwahn created was recently part of an exhibition hosted by a Barbados-based company in an effort to showcase the work done by the children of the Schoolhouse. Subsequently, the company decided to purchase three pieces from the exhibition and asked staff to select the pieces. The painting by Antwahn, titled Peacock Splendour, received the most votes.

The Directors of the Schoolhouse, in updating the Bank on the scholarship recipients’ progress, noted:

“Without your sponsorship, Antwahn would have had neither the opportunity nor the training to create such a memorable piece. His educational pursuits would not be possible without the generous scholarship from the Caribbean Development Bank.”

The school’s Directors went on to thank the Bank for its continued support for enabling opportunities for Antwahn and for the other scholarship recipient, Tyrese Haynes.

CDB’s support for the special education scholarships is in keeping with its promotion of inclusive and quality education as a tool for social, economic, cultural and environmental development.

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