Antigua and Barbuda’s Nyabinghi Rastafarians are extremely grateful to the Prime Minister Gaston Browne for building a new facility to house the Nyabinghi Theocracy Church School.
High Priest Bongo Selah thanked Mr Browne during the official opening ceremony of the new school this week in Creekside. He said: “I and I give thanks to the government of Antigua and Barbuda and the most honourable Prime Minister for his initiative, his leadership here, for constructing the first Rastafari buildings globally. It is indeed a historic time, moment and landmark of Rastafari tradition.”
Mr Browne, who attended the ceremony, also noted that in addition to the new building, the school will be equipped with not only Wi-Fi and computers, but all features like other primary schools.
Mr Browne said that no one in Antigua should be denied education because of their religious beliefs. He said: “Why should Rastafari students learn in substandard facilities? Why should they be without electricity, without water? Without proper toilet facilities? Without the internet? Clearly that was an inequitable position which we have now corrected, and this facility here will be equipped with all the amenities that you can find in any of our primary and secondary schools.”
Education Minister Michael Browne also attended and gave a speech.