Students encouraged to embrace Bahamian culture

Bishop Michael Eldon students listen attentively as guest speaker

Bahamian Culture was the focus of Free National Movement (FNM) candidate for Marco City, Michael Pintard’s presentation at Bishop Michael Eldon (BMES) on Monday (March 6), during a special Assembly in the school’s auditorium.


Pintard said, he delivered an entertaining yet insightful presentation on Bahamian culture and sought to inspire his audience to shape the culture for the betterment of the Bahamian people. 


He raised several points, during his presentation – the first was that Bahamians must celebrate culture and the contributions made to the world in various areas.


He reminded his audience, “we are a product of Africa and Europe colliding and creating a new people who have been influenced principally by Jamaica, America and Haiti.


Pintard also advocated that the students should embrace the best of their neighbors and reject the worst of them as, “we seek to be ourselves and carve out our place on this planet.”


He advised his audience to love themselves and be proud of who they are. 


“In this huge world we matter. We should strive to be better than who we were yesterday. Today when you look in the mirror you see a snapshot ... when you take a selfie, you are looking at a snapshot of you. 


“One month from now you if you take the exact selfie wearing the same outfit in the same location you will look different. Culture is like that. You can't fully predict it, but you can set some goals in terms of what you want to become and accomplish,” he said. 


According to Pintard, culture is the things citizens of a country do and the ways they do, defines them.


He went on to explain the different dimensions of Bahamian culture. One expression of culture, he noted is language. 


Pintard contends, “we speak Bahamianese, it's important to know it as well as standard English.”


He added that food is another expression of culture. “Our culture is expressed in music, dance, Junkanoo, theatre, fashion, cuisine, etc,” he said.


Pintard finally reminded the students that cultural norms should not handicap their ability to meet international standards.


Published  Wednesday, March 8, 2017 


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