The Republic of China (Taiwan) has introduced scholarships for primary and secondary school students in St. Kitts and Nevis’ Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.

The scholarships are worth a total of US$100,000.

“The scholarships that we are receiving today do not represent the full gamut of the assistance, especially in the field of education that Taiwan offers to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Minister of Education Mr. Shawn Richards.

He added that just a few months ago a number of young persons were awarded scholarships to pursue studies in various disciplines in Taiwan.

During the recent scholarship handing over ceremony, the government also received 24 laptops to be utilised in schools throughout the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Mr. Richards also said that the federation has previously benefited from Taiwan in a number of areas including healthcare, national security and agriculture.

“We must continue to be grateful to Taiwan, which continues to assist the people and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in our own development,” said Mr. Richards.  

Mr. George Gow Wei Chiou, who is the resident Ambassador of Taiwan to St. Kitts and Nevis, said that as a long-time diplomatic ally of St. Kitts and Nevis, his country’s embassy would continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Education in “shaping fair and equitable access for youth and improving the quality of education assistance in St. Kitts and Nevis.”

“This scholarship programme is one of the good examples for this education cooperation,” said Mr. Gow Wei Chiou. “We came here to recognise high potential of our young generation. There is no investment in the youth that is too late and none is insignificant. This cooperative programme is not only providing scholarships for students, but also supporting the professional development for teachers.”