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A Tribute to Alfred E. Osborne

Alfred E. Osborne. Image thanks to Afropanavisions.com


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Venerable Teacher Osborne, father of Alfred E. Osborne, left his Island home of Antigua, when his son Alfred E. was only three years of age. He arrived in Panama in the year of 1911 and most assuredly met my grandfather Mr. Joshua A. Reid, the Dispensary Director of Silver Paraiso Township. Mr. Reid had left his beloved Island of Jamaica in 1906 to get work on the construction of the “Big Ditch” which would later turn into the Panama Canal. The elder Teacher Osborne then labored at the segregated Canal Zone Silver Schools until he achieved the rank of Principal. Continue reading

The Early West Indian English Schools Part I

English School in San Miguel.  I believe that is Teacher Reid in the back.

English School in San Miguel circa 1935. I believe that is Teacher Reid in the back. Image thanks to czbrats.com

Alfred E. Osborne

Alfred E. Osborne.  Image thanks to Afro-Panavision.com

The founders of the first schools that I’d ever heard of were the Westindian teachers or, as they were sometimes referred to, the Teachers. By the time I came of age to begin going to school in the early 1940’s and started dealing with a childhood fraught with much sadness, these teachers had taken on a special meaning.  West Indian teachers were the initiators of not only the first West Indian English Schools but schools of any kind in a small nation like Panama which was almost devoid of institutions of learning in the first fifty years of its history as a Republic. Continue reading