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Tuesday, 07 July 2020


Roosevelt Douglas Primary School, the only primary school on island named after a former Prime Minister, and international statesman, will, on Monday, October 14th 2019 celebrate “Roosevelt Douglas Day” in grand style at the school grounds in Zicack, Portsmouth.

The event which will be held on the eve of what would have been Rosie’s 78th birthday, will feature a digital exhibition and testimonials from persons who interacted with the late prime minister under the theme “Rosie: The Man, The Legend”. Solidarity messages are also expected from parliamentarians with whom the late prime minister was closely affiliated and ushered into politics.

This year marks nineteen years since the late Honorable Roosevelt Douglas passed away, having held the office of Prime Minister for a mere eight months. Irrespective of that short-lived stint as our country’s leader, Douglas left an indelible mark on Dominica’s political landscape stemming from his years as an activist in the 1970’s right throughout him being elected Leader of the Dominica Labour Party and the party’s subsequent victory at the polls in 2000.

Principal of the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School, Mr. Teddy Wallace, is of the view that “we must never forget the contributions of great men like Rosie who paved the way for us to enjoy the Dominica that we now know.”

The state of the art, first rate learning institution officially opened its doors as the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School on April 22nd, 2009 after the original school (Portsmouth Government School) was extensively damaged by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake on November 21st, 2004. The new, impressive structure was a gift from the Regional Council of Martinique. The school continues to excel in academics and sports, two areas which the late Prime Minister supported heavily. 

All members of the media are invited to this momentous occasion.

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