Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 07, 2020 (SKNIS): ‘Whatever my mind can conceive and believe I can achieve’ is the key message being relayed to students at the start of the 2020-2021 Academic School year in St. Kitts and Nevis. This message reflects overcoming the unique challenges of 2020.

“The mind is a very powerful tool and can be used to accomplish many daunting and almost impossible tasks. As we convey this message to our students, let us do so with the conviction that we believe that in spite of the many challenges that we may face this year due to the new normal, that according to what we let out minds dwell on is what helps us top shape and fashion our destiny, “said Dr. Debbie Isaac, Chief Education Officer (CEO) during the Opening Ceremony of the Reopening of the New School Year on Monday, September 7, 2020, at the Antioch Baptist Church.

Dr. Isaac indicated that the key message is timely and quite appropriate as the 2020-2021 school year will be very different.

“This school year will be marked with many adjustments. As we seek to adapt to the new normal, change is inevitable, but when we are able to embrace change, we become more resilient and more productive,” said the CEO. “The reopening of schools on September 07, 2020, will be faced with varied outcomes. In spite of all these changes and adjustments, the teachers’ positive attitudes will go a long way to help the students to adapt and focus on the importance of their education and the need to maximize the opportunity of being in school once again,” she added.

The CEO further stated that the “administrative teams at every educational institution will seek to get a good start” and would require “the support of all who would be in the working space.”

Dr. Isaac encouraged all to embrace the new academic year with God in mind. She noted that the Ministry of Education is grateful to all stakeholders who have shown support to help chart the way to the reopening of schools.

Parents, guardians and teachers are encouraged to constantly remind themselves and students of the three w’s – wash your hands, wear your mask and watch your distance.

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