Effortville Primary Aims for 75% Literacy

first_imgEffortville Primary Aims for 75% Literacy EducationMay 7, 2010 RelatedEffortville Primary Aims for 75% Literacy RelatedEffortville Primary Aims for 75% Literacy RelatedEffortville Primary Aims for 75% Literacycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Effortville Primary School, Clarendon, celebrated “Read Across Jamaica” on Wednesday (May 5), seeking to help its over 390 students grasp the habit of consistent reading.Part of the day’s activities saw Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) volunteers and folklorists, Ras Carver and Hazel Williams-Vaz, reading stories and performing cultural pieces, as well giving motivational talks to the pupils.Mrs. Williams-Vaz told her young audience to read as much as they could, noting that their future not only rests on parents and teachers, but they will only achieve their goals by being disciplined.Parent, Mary-Ann Williams (first left) paticipating in Wednesday’s (May 5) ‘Read Across Jamaica’ event at the Effortville Primary School in Clarendon. Looking on from left are: students Akil Staple, Kymani McNabb, Nicola Palmer and Kadian Clare, and Principal of the school, Delores Smith.She told JIS News that her work with schools is to give back to the community, and to let students realize, from an early age, that no one can stop their development but themselves.“And you must read and read, and read and comprehend. Instead of blaming, look at what you can do, be part of the solution. Tun yuh han’ an’ mek fashon as part of your creative power,” she emphasized.Principal of the school, Delores Smith, stated that the event helps students to develop their reading skills and to impart the importance of reading.“Reading stories can give them a lot of words. We are at 68% literacy and we want to move to 75%, that was our target for this year. Persons coming in to read to the students, it gives them an awakening,” she said.Students view items from the Arts and Craft Department at Effortville Primary School in Clarendon at their ‘Read Across Jamaica’ celebration on Wednesday (May 5). The school won second place at the recently held 4-H Clubs National Achievements Day event at the Denbigh Show Ground. Teacher Nichole Mowatt is at left.Meanwhile, one parent, Mary-Ann, who was on hand to read for the students, said her involvement with the institution, positively impacts discipline there as well as lessens the work of the 12 teachers.“As parents, we have to help. When they come home in the evenings, check their books, help them to read what is in the books and play word games with them. When they return to school, they will be more refreshed and remember what they did the day before,” Miss. Williams stated.The Effortville Primary placed second in the ‘Trash for Cash’ competition at the recent 4-H Clubs’ National Achievement Day celebration at the Denbigh Show Ground, Clarendon.The “Read Across Jamaica” project seeks to introduce creative and interactive methods of reading, that encourage children to enjoy literature and aids the less fortunate in changing future disparaging lifestyles affected by illiteracy.The Read Across Jamaica Foundation Inc. does this by assisting schools, reading centres and after school programmes in acquiring literacy and library resources, and helping disadvantaged students increase their opportunities to learn and to read. The Foundation also coordinates and facilitates annual reading day celebrations through partnerships with schools, communities, parents, businesses, global sponsors and policy makers. Advertisementslast_img read more

Commissioner Says Police Determined To Arrest Coke

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCommissioner Says Police Determined To Arrest Coke Commissioner Says Police Determined To Arrest Coke National SecurityMay 29, 2010 RelatedCommissioner Says Police Determined To Arrest Cokecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, has voiced the determination of the police to serve the arrest warrant on Christopher Coke, who is wanted on drug and gun charges in the United States.“We will catch him, we will execute that warrant and he will face justice,” he told a press conference at Up-Park Camp Friday (May 28). Mr. Ellington said that police intelligence has suggested that Mr. Coke is still in Jamaica.A warrant has been out for Mr. Coke since Friday (May 22), the signing of which triggered unrest in downtown Kingston and led to the security forces moving in to take control of the situation.Commissioner Ellington said that the unrest broke out, as many of Coke’s supporters perceive him as being above the law and believe he should not be extradited to face the charges.The unrest has led to attacks on 14 police stations, with two of them being destroyed by fire. Three members of the security forces were killed, while the number of civilian deaths now stands at 73. The police also detained 700 persons as a result of the operation.The media was today, presented with graphic evidence of the preparations criminals in Tivoli Gardens had made to wage an all-out assault on the security forces, with videos, as well as photos of improvised explosive devices, guns, strategic barricades and sniper posts set up by the criminalsA total of 22 firearms and about 7,000 assorted rounds of ammunition, were recovered. RelatedCommissioner Says Police Determined To Arrest Cokelast_img read more

Commercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON – A proposal has been made for the establishment of a commercial lifestyle centre for entrepreneurs and residents operating and living downtown Kingston. This recommendation has been made in a Growth Inducement Strategy, being developed through a special secretariat established in the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Making the disclosure during a Growth Strategy Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday March 15, where the strategy was discussed, PIOJ Consultant, Professor Donald Harris, said the recommendation presented an opportunity for the country to “attack the problem of social exclusion” that exists, particularly for residents of inner city communities, within the context of urban/regional development. Professor Harris noted that a “high concentration” of the “most intense” commercial activity in Jamaica occurs in downtown Kingston, pointing to analyses and studies, which show that up to 25 per cent of Jamaica’s gross domestic product (GDP) is generated in that area. He said that the setting up of a commercial lifestyle centre will provide an opportunity to “combine commercial enterprise with a social space that allows the people who live in that community to experience the very same facilities and opportunities and access to enjoyment that people in uptown Kingston enjoy.” “Right there, in the heart of downtown Kingston, let’s create the kind of phoenix that rises from the dust,…and be the kind of beacon that heralds the coming of a new beginning, and let’s start with that today,” Professor Harris urged.   He pointed out that the Community Renewal Programme, being piloted by the PIOJ, represented a “deliberate attempt” to effectively challenge conditions negatively impacting these persons and their communities. “There are strategies being pursued and we encourage them for developments in Montego Bay, in Negril, in Falmouth…with all of the efforts surrounding the issue of redevelopment of downtown Kingston,” Professor Harris implored. Meanwhile, Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has welcomed developments being undertaken downtown Kingston, which form part of efforts to restore the area. Speaking at the forum, Mr. Shaw singled out telecommunications company, Digicel, whom he commended for “leading the way” through the construction of its new US$60 million headquarters, and the company’s support in the re-building of Coronation Market. He noted that other companies have also “joined the bandwagon,” in this regard, pointing to security and courier service firm, Guardsman, “is about to establish (their) headquarters in downtown Kingston.” “I spoke of that (re-development) vision in Parliament a couple years ago, of what we need to see in downtown Kingston; renewal of interest in our downtown area. (As a result) you can hardly find real estate to buy now. All of these things hold very well,” Mr. Shaw said. RelatedCommercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston RelatedCommercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston Commercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston Finance & Public ServiceMarch 17, 2011 RelatedCommercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston Advertisements By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

?Education Ministry Reports no Major Challenges with GSAT Exam

first_imgRelated?Education Ministry Reports no Major Challenges with GSAT Exam ?Education Ministry Reports no Major Challenges with GSAT Exam EducationMarch 25, 2011 “We were able to resolve many of the issues, because schools would have checked and  reported back to the Ministry,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON – Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness says there were no wide-scale challenges experienced at yesterday’s  March 24 sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Students were allowed to sit the exams, on the condition that schools and parents submit the students’ continuous assessment records, as well as their birth certificates by Monday, March 28, to enable the Ministry to conduct verification. This must be done before the papers for those students can be marked. During the two-year period until Grade Six, each child has four opportunities to pass the literacy test, and they must be certified as having achieved mastery before they are allowed to sit GSAT. Literacy certification is a requirement of the new Competence-based Transition policy, which came into effect in 2009. The policy places emphasis on the Grade Four Literacy Test, rather than the GSAT, with the targeted support and interventions put in place, including engaging the services of literacy specialists, training teachers in literacy strategies, and screening children entering grade one to ensure early detection and treatment of those with special needs.   By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter Advertisements Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry,  Audrey Sewell said that “everybody recognises that we are serious about this new policy. I believe that some persons did not pay due attention to the new requirements…and this is one of the reasons why we decided not to have any children being disallowed from doing the exam, because it is not of their own doing.”   Minister Holness pointed out that since 2008, the Ministry had been signaling its intention to implement the Competency-based Policy.    “The problem, however, is that we always have a certain percentage of parents who (are) busy and who don’t understand…we have gone to great lengths to explain this to the schools, and I believe the schools have a good understanding,” he said. Related?Education Ministry Reports no Major Challenges with GSAT Exam Related?Education Ministry Reports no Major Challenges with GSAT Exam “As far as is possible, all students who could or should have sat the exam were allowed to,” he told  journalists at a press briefing  late yesterday, at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices.    The Minister said timetables were disseminated three weeks ago, and the strategy in ending out the timetables so early was “to give schools the opportunity to check against their register, students who received (timetables) and students who didn’t receive.”   Mr. Holness noted that in allowing students who had not been certified literate and had no timetables, to sit the exam, the Ministry had ensured that no child was denied or deprived of their opportunity.  last_img read more

Holness to meet Alumni groups in Florida

first_img By Cheryl Wynter (305-374-8384) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail FLORIDA — Minister of Education, Hon Andrew Holness, will address a special Diaspora Education Forum on Friday (June 24), at the Lauderdale Lakes Cultural and Education Center, 3580 West Oakland Park Boulevard, starting at 6 p.m. The meeting is being organised by the Consulate General of Jamaica and the Coalition of Jamaica Alumni Associations (CJAA), in keeping with the Diaspora Engagement Policy and the recognition by the Government of Jamaica of the central role that the Diaspora plays in educational programme support. The Minister will speak with Diaspora groups on the Government’s education thrust, as well as strategies incorporated in the present Education Plan to fulfill national development goals. He will meet with the leaders of Jamaican alumni associations in South Florida to discuss their contribution to their schools, and the challenges they encounter in outreach activities. He will address concerns about the education system in Jamaica and talk with the groups, about resource gaps which can be addressed with the assistance of alumni associations. There are approximately 50 Jamaican alumni groups in South Florida, representing primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. The CJAA is a recently formed entity comprising high school alumni groups. Mr. Holness will also meet with umbrella organizations established by Jamaican educators in South Florida, which also contribute useful resources to the education system in Jamaica. These include the Jamaican Association of Miami-Dade Educators (JADE) and the Caribbean Association of Regional Educators (CARE). He will also participate in private meetings in South Florida. RelatedHolness to meet Alumni groups in Florida Holness to meet Alumni groups in Florida EducationJune 23, 2011 RelatedHolness to meet Alumni groups in Florida RelatedHolness to meet Alumni groups in Florida Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaica to Conduct Reviews In Keeping With Corruption Conventions

first_imgRelatedJamaica to Conduct Reviews In Keeping With Corruption Conventions By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Cabinet has approved the review process to be undertaken by Jamaica to implement the provisions of the United Nations, and Inter-American Conventions against Corruption. The move is in compliance with obligations under the Conventions of which Jamaica is a state party, said Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz. He was addressing journalists on October 19 post-Cabinet media briefing held at Jamaica House. Mr. Vaz explained that the review will, among other things, allow for the sharing of best practices and challenges, promotion of universal adherence to the Conventions, and identification of possible difficulties. Jamaica to Conduct Reviews In Keeping With Corruption Conventions National SecurityOctober 21, 2011 RelatedJamaica to Conduct Reviews In Keeping With Corruption Conventions RelatedJamaica to Conduct Reviews In Keeping With Corruption Conventions Advertisementslast_img read more

Boost for Mathematics and Science Education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The teaching of Mathematics in Jamaica is set to receive a major boost through membership of Jamaica’s educational institutions and teachers in the Commonwealth Association of Science Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME). The country’s access to the facility was launched at the Mico University College, Marescaux Road Campus in Kingston on Friday, November 4. CASTME is a professional organisation that links Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) Educators across the British Commonwealth and is head quartered in London, with regional branches in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean,and Europe. The organisation seeks to: enhance the teaching and learning of STM throughout the Commonwealth; relate STM education to its social and environmental contexts; and to encourage the teaching of STM in an increasingly integrated way. The objectives of CASTME is being achieved through a number of activities including:international seminars and regional conferences; workshops to produce teaching/learning materials; and an annual Award Scheme for teachers and teacher-educators who display innovative methodologies in their work. Among the many benefits to be derived from membership in CASTME are:membership in a Commonwealth-wide network; assistance with projects; funding and conference opportunities; training in practical activities; and writing and publishing of educational materials. Bringing greetings, Lecturer in Education and Research Associate, Institute of Education, University of London, Dr. Lady Sue Dale Tunncliffe, expressed delight at the prospect of local educational institutions and professionals availing themselves of membership in CASTME. Sharing her sentiments, President of Jamaica’s Science Teachers’ Association, Donavan Edwards pledged the full support of his organisation and the hope that Mathematics and Science teachers across the island will seek membership. Meanwhile, guest speaker at the launch, Principal of Jamaica College, and Adviser to the Minister of Education, Ruel Reid spoke to the timeliness of the development. “It comes at a time when our country recognises that the solution to the problem of economic development lies within the creation of human and social capital.” Mr. Reid observed that high levels of innovation, sound educational policies and consensus among stakeholders have had a significant impact on the social and economic development of countries. He emphasised, “Although Jamaica has made significant strides, the current innovation environment is still inadequate to catalyse and support sustained development…the launch of CASTME is indeed another step which will assist in developing the critical thinking skills so that they can compete globally.” He reinforced the concept with the observation that the world economy requires not only “knowledge industries, but also the capacity of labour to use brain power to produce economic benefits.” Pointing to the way forward, Mr. Reid called for greater efforts to dispel the “fear of science, technology and mathematics” among too many students. He also called for higher pay for “a higher status” of teachers so that education can attract and retain higher quality teachers. CASTME accommodates institutional as well as individual membership. Institutional membership is designed for organisations such as a Ministry of Education, a library or a specialist teachers’ association. The launch of the Commonwealth educational fraternity in Jamaica comes in the follows the recent observance of the annual Research Day by Mico University College, designed to provide a forum where academic researchers, educators, educational administrators, and related practitioners share their research experience. RelatedBoost for Mathematics and Science Education Boost for Mathematics and Science Education EducationNovember 7, 2011 RelatedBoost for Mathematics and Science Education RelatedBoost for Mathematics and Science Education By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Port Management System to be developed

first_imgPort Management System to be developed InformationMarch 15, 2012 By Alphea Saunders, JIS Senior Reporter RelatedPort Management System to be developed RelatedPort Management System to be developed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has given approval for the establishment of a port community system, which will connect port personnel and allow them access to logistical information on port-related freight distribution. “It will also facilitate the exchange of vital information and improve the efficiency in maritime trade and the transportation cycle,” said Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at Wednesday March 14 weekly Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister. “This system is about linking and the management of databases, and management systems (through) a single web portal,” she pointed out. Ms. Falconer noted that while various technology formats are used in port management, the system will simplify communication. “What we hope to achieve with this, is an improvement in the quality and level of service offered at the air and seaports. This will improve on the collection of taxes and fees, improve customs, immigration, and the general transshipment and transportation of people and cargo,” Minister Falconer stated. The port Management System is a joint venture of the Port Authority of Jamaica and Jamaica Customs. Ms. Falconer said the establishment of the system is critical in light of the government’s overall thrust to increase visitor arrivals, expand the ports, and increase trade. RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisementslast_img read more

GG Lauds Cooperative Movement

first_img By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter RelatedGG Lauds Cooperative Movement RelatedGG Lauds Cooperative Movement GG Lauds Cooperative Movement Governor GeneralJune 26, 2012 RelatedGG Lauds Cooperative Movement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has expressed support for the Cooperative movement in the Caribbean and Jamaica, stating that against the background of economic instability worldwide, the movement could contribute to economic growth. He says that it would be difficult to fully quantify the impact that the Cooperative movement has had in Jamaica, adding that the extraordinary success of the movement is deserving of celebration. “Today we have a total of 213 cooperatives in a variety of sectors, at the grassroots level cooperatives have bonded people, created important synergies, and fueled a passion for social engagement,” he stated. The Governor-General was giving the keynote address at the International Year of Cooperatives awards banquet, being staged jointly by the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) and the Cooperative Development Society of Jamaica, at the Ritz Carlton Resort and Spa, in Montego Bay on Saturday, June 23. He said that the local Credit Unions are at present demonstrating the required spirit of social activism, and commended them for their many social outreach programmes.  Turning to his “I believe” initiative, the Governor-General described the cooperative movement as an aspect of what is right with Jamaica.  Advertisementslast_img read more

Sports Exhibition for Independence

first_imgRelatedSports Exhibition for Independence RelatedSports Exhibition for Independence RelatedSports Exhibition for Independence By Andrine Davidson, JIS Reporter Sports Exhibition for Independence CultureJuly 9, 2012 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Plans are underway for a National Sports Exhibition, which is expected to be open to the public during the Independence celebrations.  The display, which is to be housed on the second floor of the National Arena, is intended to be a tribute to the performance of Jamaican sportsmen and women in various fields from the mid-19th Century to today. Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, said the exhibition will form the basis of what will become the National Sport Museum and Hall of Fame, construction of which will be undertaken by the government of Jamaica. “We believe that we have accomplished so much over so many years and we decided that we would go no further than this year in establishing the museum,” she told JIS News at a meeting of the National Sport Museum Committee (NSMC) on Tuesday (July 3) at Jamaica House. She said that the exhibit “would seek to archive and showcase the sporting journey of our nation.” The Minister pointed out that many nations, that have achieved far less than Jamaica has over the years, have built sport museums and the country has many accomplishments of which the nation should be proud. “We have been medalling gold for such a long time. We were around for the 1948 Games and we are going back to London. In 2012, we expect to do well,” the Minister said. She said it is important that children get accurate information about the performance of Jamaicans in the various sporting activities and their contribution to the development of sport in Jamaica. Work on the exhibition is currently being undertaken by the NSMC, which is comprised of representatives of a number of government and private sector organisations, including the Institute of Jamaica, Jamaica Olympic Association, Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). The membership of the committee also comprises sports administrators, businessmen, archivists, and curators.last_img read more