The Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School, located in Marigot, has won the Cooperative Division’s Drama Competition for Primary Schools.
Six schools participated in the final round of the competition at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau on Thursday 18 May 2017.
Kadeem Charles of the W. S Stevens Primary School won the award for best actor while Tianna Smith, also of the W. S Stevens Primary School, won the best actress award.
The Grand Bay Primary School placed first runner up while the Salisbury Primary School placed second runner up. They were all awarded trophies.
The competition was judged by Bert Paul, Steve Hyacinth, Hugette St Hillaire, Nadia Pinard and Julien Lloyd Benjamin.
The other schools which participated were Grand Fond, Salybia, Jones Beaupierre Primary.
According to the Registrar of Cooperatives, Mariet Canoville, “cooperatives is the future for Dominica and that is why we have organized this drama competition to get the young people involved, to let them see how important cooperatives are and the contribution that cooperatives can make”.
She said based on the dramas presented by the various schools, the “students have an understanding that cooperatives can make a valid contribution to the economy”.
“We saw them selling their produce and they understand that if we market as a group then we will get larger markets, we will get better markets, we will make more money. We have seen that being displayed in the performances thus far so cooperatives is the way to go,” Canoville added.
She said it is important to appreciate this model of business that encourages unity among people, as “individualism cannot build a nation”.