Minister Thwaites says cultural studies should be included in the curriculum, in order to enable students to have a greater understanding and appreciation of their heritage. The Minister encouraged Jamaicans to celebrate with the nation’s children and to help create the context in which their understanding of national pride has practical application. Director,  Culture in Education Programme, at the Ministry, Amina Blackwood Meeks, informed that the national focus school on Jamaica Day will be the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon.
Also in Africa, MTV is planning the second season of Shuga, a soap opera backed by Unicef and the U.S.
Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and Head of the Logistics Task Force Education and Training Division, Dr.
More than 100 academic and administrative staff members of Vere Technical High School have been certified, after taking part in a training course on the Logistics Hub Initiative. The course covered areas such as the nature of logistics, the features of a hub, jobs available through the logistics hub initiative and Jamaica’s geographic strengths.
The initiative aims to provide value added services to assist and enhance global trade, and establish Jamaica as a major player in the worldwide network of trade and commerce. More than 100 academic and administrative staff members of Vere Technical High School in Hayes, Clarendon, have been certified, after taking part in a training course on the Logistics Hub Initiative.
The interactive training course was delivered by Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute and Head of the Logistics Task Force Education and Training Division, Dr.
It covers areas such as the nature of logistics, the features of a hub, jobs available through the logistics hub initiative, Jamaica’s geographic strengths and cultural relevance and the role and function of the global shipping gateways, including the Straits of Malacca, the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal. The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, in a bid to prepare Jamaicans for the Logistics Hub Initiative, has been training groups across the island, including staff of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Jamaica National Building Society and the Old Harbour Bay Fishermen’s Co-operative.
The Executive Director pointed out that it is within this context that the Ministry has partnered with the CMI to deliver the course to educate Jamaicans, in preparation for the tremendous economic opportunities that will be available under the initiative. Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon Derrick Kellier (right) is assisted by Minister of Education, the Hon.
Residents of two towns in the parish of Trelawny are now enjoying new library facilities valued at $26.8 million from funds acquired under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’, Sugar Transformation Programme (STP). The Falmouth Infant School Library ($8.8 million) and the Clarks Town Branch Library ($18 million) were officially opened by Portfolio Minister Hon Derrick Kellier and Minister of Education, the Hon.
This brings to five the number of libraries that have been constructed at a cost of over $65 million under the aegis of the Sugar Transformation Programme in collaboration with the Jamaica Library Service. The STP which is aimed at developing the physical infrastructure and human capital in sugar dependent communities is funded by the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol of the European Union. The newly constructed Falmouth Infant School Library will serve 220 students and is equipped with reading and information material, new technologies including electronic games, interactive software, multimedia projector and a television.


In Clarks Town, the multi-purpose facility features a research centre, computer room, meeting room, kitchenette, store room, an office, lunch room, staff and public bathrooms. In addition to providing traditional library services, the centre will also offer free computer and internet access, as well as adult literacy, computer training and the High School Equivalency Diploma programme. He also noted that with the unset of the information age, public libraries have become even more relevant and have a critical role to play in the development of the country. For his part, Minister Thwaites urged the residents of both communities to take care of and make full use of the library facilities. While pointing out the virtues of using patios in colloquial speech and in drama to good advantage, Rev. Port Morant Primary and Junior High students and winners of the Ministry of Health Zika Jingle competition Shaneika Bleeching (left) and Amoya Wong. The jingle, which can be heard on local radio stations, was entered as part of the Ministry’s creative campaign, to engage students and the school community to build awareness in the area of vector prevention and control, with a special focus on the Zika Virus. Mullings explained that when he realised they had won, he was happy, as this was an opportunity to let the children know that they have the ability, and that they could be a part of a bigger thrust. Student, Shaneika Bleeching, told JIS News that she feels great, and is happy to have made her parents proud.
Being winners of the jingle competition, Shaneika says they are more knowledgeable about how to prevent the spread of the virus, as their jingle speaks to tips to prevent mosquito breeding.
Another student, Amoya Wong, said that she feels great, adding that she constantly reminds her mother to make holes in containers before throwing them away to prevent water from settling in them. Meanwhile, Mullings lauded the Ministry for the competition, saying that he has observed that young people learn more with jingles.
The three-month competition, which targeted students in all high and primary schools across the island, ended in March 2016.
Prizes included a desktop computer, three tablets and cellular phones for Port Morant Primary and Junior High, while St. Pride News, Canada's Leading Caribbean and African News Magazine, has been established since January, 1983. Pride's Mission Statement: To act as a catalyst for the advancement, empowerment and happiness of peoples of African and Caribbean Heritage. Thwaites further pointed out that the teaching of cultural studies is crucial to the development of one’s self and identity. Thwaites was speaking at the official launch of Jamaica Day activities, at the Ministry, in Kingston, on February 4. Thwaites encouraged Jamaicans to support those who aspire and show potential for greatness, particularly within the schools.


We need to create communities of care around each school, around each student, and Jamaica Day 2014 is an appropriate occasion for everyone to play their part in this regard,” he said.
It is intended to foster a greater spirit of patriotism and responsible citizenship, and for all schools to engage with the communities in which they are located. Guy led the Museum for 33 years; Murray has most recently worked at the National Railway Museum. Befitting the international perspective, the Museum just announced that the show will be co-currated by Silvana Gesualdo (a museum consultant and art historian in Mexico City), Irene Jaievsky (a museum curator and stage designer from Buenos Aires), and Claudia Mandel (an art and art history professor from Costa Rica). Fritz Pinnock, is greeted by Principal of Vere Technical High School in Hayes, Clarendon, Dr. Pinnock said that people need to understand what the initiative is about, how it will benefit them and what they need to do to equip themselves for the future. Training to satisfy the human capital inventory, as required for national development plans and global demand, is critical to the success of this initiative. The schools that came second and third were Immaculate Preparatory and Ferncourt High, respectively.
Pride News, reflecting the ambitions, aspirations, accomplishments and achievements of the African & Caribbean Canadian community, is updated daily online.
Ronald Thwaites (seated left), enjoys the performance of student of Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High, Daesharae Authurs, following her performance at the official launch of Jamaica Day activities at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle headquarters in Kingston, on February 4. Ronald Thwaites, says schools should consider incorporating cultural studies in their curriculum, in order to enable students to have a greater understanding and appreciation of their heritage. Henrietta Stewart, at a training course on the Logistics Hub Initiative, held at the school on January 3. Ronald Thwaites (2nd left) as he cuts the ribbon to officially open the Falmouth Infant School Library on Friday May 15. Elizabeth emerged the victor in the selfie component of the competition, which was determined by the number of likes on the pictures posted on the Ministry’s Facebook page. At first glance, Shuga seems like an ordinary soap: it follows the lives and loves of young Africans, yet simultaneously instills important lessons about the importance of HIV testing and safe sex. Also participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony are Chairman of the Jamaica Library Service, Paul Lalor (left) and students of the school. The facility was provided for under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Sugar Transformation Programme which is being implemented throughout the sugar dependent communities of Jamaica.



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