The Public Primary School was established on January 25th 1956. It was constructed by Trinidad Leaseholds Limited (the precursor company to TEXACO, TRINTOC and PETROTRIN) on lands owned by the named companies and donated to the Gasparillo community. This institution was established to facilitate chronic overcrowding at Gasparillo Government Primary School. In its fifty–six (56) year history, the institution has been recognized as one of the premiere primary schools within the Victoria Educational District having had numerous successes at all levels of student development namely academic, athletics, sports and other co-curricular activities.
The Management team is led by a recently appointed Principal, an acting Vice Principal (who is also the H.O.D. of the Infant Department) and one (1) Head of Department (H.O.D.). There are only five (5) males and thirty- one (31) females on staff, while the age of the staff ranges from twenty (20) to fifty-nine (59) years. The Public Primary School’s vision statement is:
“Public Primary School is committed to the growth and development of its clients to their fullest potential academically, morally, spiritually and socially in an environment that is safe and nurturing.”
The school has the following mission statement:
“At Public Primary School, we are dedicated to learning and to the continuous development of our clients. Together with our stakeholders, we will instil in our clients those values that are enshrined in our national watchwords, Discipline, Production and Tolerance. We will develop and implement programmes which will ensure that every child is well prepared and capable of managing in a technologically advancing global community, as well as demonstrating behaviours and values that would make them good, productive citizens.” Introduction
In Trinidad and Tobago, there continues to be a grapple with curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, statistics reveal that the incidence of new cases remains high. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is not only a health issue but an economic one that poses a serious threat to national development efforts. The economic impact as at 2009 was estimated at $41.25 million dollars. The cost to treat one person with HIV for one year is approximately $14,000 and it is estimated that as at the end of 2009, there were approximately 21,636 people infected with the HIV virus with approximately 4 new infections every day. The number of reported new HIV positive cases has remained consistent with 2005 to 2008 at 1,453 at 1,450 cases respectively with a small decline in 2009 at 1,384 cases. Since 2004, the incidence of HIV has been higher among females than males in all age groups. Young people in the age group 25-34 years, have been most affected, recording the highest cumulative cases of HIV infection. In relation to gender, females in the 15-29 year age group constitute the group with the higher incidence with HIV infection. VOS Government Primary School comprises of staff within these age groupings, as stated above. Some students of the school are in the pre-teenage/ teenage years and therefore should be educated and aware of this disease from a young age. Combating the HIV epidemic will require the collaborative effort from the government, private sector and civil society to reduce the incidence of HIV and improve the levels of treatment and care for people living with HIV. In that regard, a programme of action is being proposed for VOS Government Primary School, with coordinated activities to increase awareness and effect behavioural change in terms of safer sexual practices and reproductive health from a young age. Legal/Ethical Frameworks
Few organisations can claim to have a population as vulnerable as a Primary school. The children attending the school on a daily basis are at risk of being harmed by any number of incidents, both related and unrelated to the...