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Gov’t Considering Making Majority Rule A Public Holiday

Prime Minister Perry Christie said Bahamiansseem to not know the importance of celebrating Majority Rule Day adding that it is time for the decision to be made as to whether or not to make Majority Rule a public holiday.
Speaking at a press conference concerning the 46th anniversary of Majority Rule,the prime minister added that Majority Rule is arguably the most important event in the country’s history with the exception of the abolition of slavery and independence.
“This is the 40th anniversary [of Independence] and this will be the time for the decision to be made with respect to putting in its rightful place that date and that event and the ensuing experience of our commonwealth,” Prime Minister Christie added.
He added that the 40th anniversary committee and the government of The Bahamas would also give full consideration toimplementing a Bahamian National Honours System.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald and Co-chair of the 40th anniversary committee Charles Carter were also in attendance at the press conference.
Minister Fitzgerald said all 173 public schools will observe the anniversary of Majority Rule Day Thursday with special assemblies to be simultaneously held from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
“We will emphasise the importance of this date and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who sacrificed much for the benefits we enjoy today,” the minister said.
The recognition of the historical day will become a permanent event on the education calendar marked by a special assembly, he added.
“It is imperative that our students know the history of their freedom,” Mr. Fitzgerald added. “They must know of such events as the Burma Road Riot, the General Strike, the Women Suffrage Movement, Black Tuesday and the organisation of the Labour Movement.
“They must know of the uncompromising principles and courage of individuals who fought against the tide of oppression, so that all Bahamians could enjoy the right to vote, freedom of movement and equal pay for a day’s work.”
He invited all parents, politicians, church and community leaders who are able to attend the special assembly to go and show their support.
The special assembly will be student driven and moderated by students under the theme, “Let the Children Tell the Story – Majority Rule Day.”
He explained that the students have been asked to address the question, “What is the historical significance of January 10, 1967 and how did it change the educational, social, political and economic landscape of The Bahamas?”
Minister Fitzgerald said it is anticipated that there will be displays and exhibits with appropriate written pieces on the “courageous freedom fighters”.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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