Monthly Archives: August 2014


Moving is stressful. There are so many things to consider; even more so when you have a particular diet. This article is for those who like vegan fare and may need a few short cuts while they get settled in their new environment.

 Ras Val

Today’s focus is on Ras Val’s Campus Ital. I met the proprietors of Ras Val’s, Kareem and Aisha while visiting BMEX 2014. The two pleasant and intelligent young people explained that they sold vegetarian food at the University of the West Indies and in their Dash Valley, St. George location (Ras Val’s Cookshop). They offer readymade fare for those seeking an instant hot meal, but new to their repertoire are frozen split pea patty and lentil patty batters which allow customers to have the Ras Val flavours at home.

Split pea and lentil patties


Val is the pair’s mother and it is through her vision that Ras Val’s was started 15 years ago. Their varied menu includes:

rice and peas,

vegetable fried rice,

potato medley,

sweet potato pie,

stewed ground provisions,

vegetable pasta,

vegetarian lasagna,

lentil loaf

several vegetable stews and sauces.

Their Cave Hill location reopens on the 2nd September, Mondays to Friday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. Their Dash Valley, St George location is open Moday – Friday from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm.

The company also provides catering services and may be reached by Facebook, email (, or phone: 571-4340 (Ras Val’s Cookshop) or 268-4822/ 240-3587 (Ras Val’s Campus Ital).


Ask Bajan Mom: Home Schooling in Barbados

Q: Hey… I wanted to know if you knew anything about the homeschooling process in Barbados. I know that it is accepted, but I am unsure as to what the procedure is. I have been living outside of Barbados for the past 8 years. I have been home schooling my 2 children since that time and believe in the parents right to provide the best education possible for their child.

I do so with the help of online curriculum as my children are American citizens. I use a program which provides me with teacher assistance, books, and online class. By the end of their high school life, my children will have recognized high school diplomas. I would like to continue on this program with my children. Do you know of the procedure that I have to go through in order to do so.

I think such a program will be highly beneficial for parents in Barbados most schools are overcrowded and teachers are overworked. – H.W.

A: Dear H.W.,

Thank you for your question. There are many variables which may impact whether you may be able to continue the curriculum you outlined, one of which is the length of time that you plan to spend in Barbados. If your children are to sit any of our national or regional examinations, it may be in their interests to follow the appropriate curricula which lead to those certificates. Your best recourse is to contact the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation at (246) 430-2700 or, if you want specifics.

Generically speaking, however, I do have some information for you. In order for a child to be home schooled in Barbados, one must write a letter, asking for permission, addressed to:

The Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

Elsie Payne Complex

St. Michael

Barbados, W.I.

In this letter you need to:

  • Give the reason why your children are to be homeschooled,
  • Include your children’s names, dates of birth and any previous schools that they attended,
  • Provide the curriculum to be used for the Ministry’s perusal,
  • Provide the qualifications of those who will tutor your child, whether it be you or someone you hire.

I hope that you find this information to be helpful and I wish you all the best in your planned transition.


Best regards,

Bajan Mom


An Opportunity for Returning Nationals: Barbados Network Consultation

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If you are considering resettling in Barbados and are currently in the island on holiday, you may want to check out the Barbados Network Consultation Conference. The conference takes place from August 5th – 7th, 2014 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre located in Two Mile Hill St. Michael. Besides establishing linkages among Barbadian business persons and other Barbadians who live on the island and abroad, much information will be provided on the resettlement process.

According to the BNC’s programme, you may register daily from Tuesday, August 5th where programming takes place from 8:00 am – 5:30pm. The cost of registration for all three days is BD$100. You may find a copy of the registration form here. You may also register online here. You should note, however, that when you register online that all prices are quoted in US dollars.

There will be an opening ceremony, meet and greet, displays by local businesses, various lectures/panel discussions and Crop Over themed entertainment. The session that returning nationals may find particularly interesting is the one that takes place on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 2:15 – 4:15pm. It is a two-part discussion. The first is Returning Home: Building Pathways to Resettlement, and the second is Building Connectivity Across Generations: Creating Pathways to Barbadian Status. It is an opportunity to get information on the resettlement process from senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Customs and Excise Department, Customs Brokers, Car Dealers and Shipping Associations as well as returning nationals who seek to improve the resettlement experience for others. Immigration officials and legal experts will also be present.

For further information, such as the cost of participating for one day only, you may email or call 246-431-2227.