Teacher union gears up for 100th anniversary

  • The Bermuda Union of Teachers is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary

The Bermuda Union of Teachers is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a host of events and fundraising for scholarships.

The union, one of the largest in Bermuda, which was established on February 1, 1919, will be marking its centenary with a gala dinner.

Anniversary celebrations include the birthdays of Rufus Stovell, Matilda Crawford, Adele Crawford and her sister Matilda Crawford — the union’s founders.

BUT president Shannon James said: “Our founding brothers and sisters were pioneers and we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude. They fought for the institutionalisation of education for Bermuda’s black children and in so doing helped to overcome the many obstacles that impeded the proper education of all the island’s children.

“We seek to not only celebrate 100 years of being in existence but want to celebrate the vision that our founders had and salute the efforts of everyone who has carried on the torch and has contributed to our union.”

As well as the birthday celebrations, teachers will take part in a 100 Day Challenge to lose weight, there will be a golf tournament, an online auction, bowling tournament, sports tournaments as well as a centenary theatrical production by Patricia Nesbitt at the Earl Cameron Theatre in September.

All proceeds will go towards the $100,000 fundraising target which will be used for four scholarships.

Mr James added: “The BUT has always existed to fight to ensure that our students get the best education possible, so we felt it was appropriate that as well as celebrating the past, we also look to the future by supporting some of our young people.

“The $100,000 raised will be split into scholarships in the name of the union’s founders. We believe that this is a very fitting way to celebrate our 100 years — by giving back to our children and investing in our future.”