Reconciliation and healing , these are two factors Prime Minister , Dr. Keith Rowley, is urging the population to reflect on as Trinidad and Tobago observes Emancipation Day.
In his Emancipation message, Dr. Rowley said millions died later in slavery, and that legacy continues in various forms.
However, there has to be a period of reconciliation and healing.
A media release from the Office of the Prime Minister Monday, said we also have to understand some current social trends; e. g. modern consumer society promotes the immediate gratification; pushing people to want everything now, plus the other dynamic of 21st-century technology, with the coming of artificial Intelligence, biotechnology and robotics etc.
Dr. Rowley called on citizens to go beyond the celebrations and encouraged children to be independently-minded, ambitious, respectful, and entrepreneurial with a mindset of “getting ahead”, rather than “getting by” and “getting along”.
The Prime Minister also urged parents to be involved in their school-work and recreation, their school-activities, and making voices heard in the education system and on all matters of patriotism.