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Students must see investment as push to achieve greatness – Education Minister

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#Jamaica, September 15, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is urging students to regard investment in their development as propelling them to greatness.  He added that investment in “our people” should not be seen as putting resources to waste, and young people who benefit from State support should find ways to give back to their communities and country.

The Minister was addressing the official launch of the Trench Town Polytechnic College in St. Andrew on September 13.

“What we have invested in you is not for self-aggrandisement; it is to lift you up so you can become a far more productive and useful human being, and you can help to transform our country and make our world a better place,” Senator Reid told the students in attendance.

The Minister explained that with the Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education (APSE) now in place for students to remain in the system for up to 13 years, training is being aligned with industries’ needs, and for persons to have it easier in finding jobs and economic opportunities.

He said that “giving you skills and certification” is reducing the 67 per cent of the workforce that has no formal certification, and that over the next seven years, every youth graduating from the education system will be certified in various skills.   “That is going to revolutionise the Jamaican economy,” the Minister told the audience.

Meanwhile, Principal of the College, Dr. Dosseth Edwards-Watson, told the gathering that much emphasis has been placed on making the new institution a “compassionate environment” and showing that the students are the biggest priority.

“If we treat students with care, we will reap better results,” the Principal said.

The Trench Town Polytechnic College, the first of its kind in Jamaica, started operations in September 2015 with programmes in continuing education, technical and vocational training, to deliver employable skills to students.

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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Rashaed Esson

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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