About Above and Beyond Programme
To know our heroes is to know ourselves: our values, our collective history, who we are, and what makes us great as Trinidadians and Tobagonians.
Acknowledging our heroes is an acknowledgement of who we are - of our history, heritage, and culture.
NGC National Heroes Project
In 2017, NGC launched its National Heroes Project. The NGC National Heroes Project was envisioned as an initiative to recognise and preserve the legacies of achievers and national contributors for future generations.
NGC’s vision and mission of delivering sustainable benefits and creating exceptional national value provide a platform for the project, and focuses on value and benefits that move away from the purely monetary or material into the realm of inspirational and exemplary, that is both sustainable and national in its execution and outcome.
What is it?
The project involves the curation of the lives of our indigenous heroes, chronicled and preserved in several forms and from which we can produce biographies, exhibitions, videos and publications.
The legacies of these individuals will live on and be filtered into our schools and libraries so that future generations will have access to our heroes’ stories.
The NGC National Heroes Project will seek to recognise the broadest range of human endeavour, with criteria being outstanding national or international achievement in the fields of arts and culture, sport, business, agriculture, community and social work, education, environment and energy.
The project’s main objective is to provide opportunities for the national public to reflect on the contributions made by these selected nationals to the development of Trinidad and Tobago, and to ensure that our people are knowledgeable of these contributions.
Definition of a National Hero under the NGC National Heroes Project
A national hero is a person who is admired and acknowledged for courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities.
A national hero is someone who has made significant positive contributions to the growth and development of our society and represents all of us. This definition can also apply to a recognised group of individuals who would have come together under a formal structure and was able to contribute to a singular cause.
Programme of Recognition
The elements of the programme are to be decided upon depending on the person selected to be recognised and his/her/their sphere of endeavour. These can take shape in several forms and all may not be appropriate for each recipient(s):
- An announcement event
- Media campaign
- Signature reception/event
- Exhibition (if appropriate)
- School Visits
- Public Lecture series/panel discussions (if appropriate)
- Biographical Video
- Website/social media/new media/ microsite
- Commemorative stamp