The Roosevelt Douglas Primary School will on Friday October 14th celebrate 'Roosevelt Douglas Day' at the school grounds.
This is the only primary level educational institution here to be named after a Former Prime Minister and international statesman.
This commemorative occasion is organized by the school biennially and aims to highlight the outstanding contributions made to the town of Portsmouth , Dominica and the region by the late Prime Minister. It will be held under the theme 'Rosie's legacy lives on'.
Principal, Mr. Teddy Wallace, says that “this event serves as a reminder of the sterling contribution rendered by Hon. Rosie Douglas to the town of Portsmouth and Dominica by extension.”
According to a release, a number of Rosie themed memorabilia and artifacts will be on display, as well as the launching of a music album by one of Rosie’s long time friends. The highlight of this event will be a dramatic presentation on the life of Rosie by a few individuals who followed him closely.
The Portsmouth Government School was renamed the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School on April 22nd, 2009 after the original school was extensively damaged by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake on November 21st, 2004.
Douglas passed away on October 1st 2000 after just eight months as Prime Minister.
Irrespective of that short lived stint as our country’s leader, Douglas left an indelible mark on Dominica’s political landscape stemming from his years as an activist in the 1970’s right throughout his ascendancy to the leadership of the Dominica Labour Party in 2000.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Education Minister Petter St. Jean, Portsmouth MP Ian Douglas and Chief Education Officer Mrs. Melena Fontaine are among those expected to be in attendance.
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