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Jamaica celebrates 14-year-old student tutor

Minister of Education Youth and Information Fayval Williams has hailed 14-year-old Kelvin Peart of Discovery Bay, St. Ann, for taking on the selfless task of tutoring students in his community who have been impacted by the closure of schools, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kelvin, a grade-eight student of Ferncourt High School in Claremont, St. Ann, transformed an old bar adjacent to his home into a classroom, where he has been tutoring children at the early-childhood and primary levels since May.

Minister Williams, along with a team from the Ministry’s Region Three office, visited the teenager earlier this month to get a first-hand view of what he is doing as well as to commend the youngster for his noble gesture.

Speaking with journalists following a sit-down with Kelvin, Mrs. Williams expressed gratitude to the teenager for looking out for the nation’s children and recognising the importance of education to nation-building.

“Not a lot of young men of his age would have had the thought to help others in terms of their educational pursuits, but he did. He brought the children here and despite the fact that the circumstances might not be perfect or the best, he gathered them around and is doing the best that he can in terms of engaging them in their educational journey,” she said.

The Minister noted that Kelvin is a prime example of the type of young men that are needed to help transform the nation.

She said: “We value education in Jamaica and we value education among our young men in particular, so when you see a young man like Kelvin who is attending high school and has this sense about him, you have to commend him and hold him up as an example of what we would like to see in our young boys as they progress through life.”

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Nine get prestigious Musgrave Medals

New members are now on list of those receiving the prestigious Musgrave Medal Awards in Jamaica.


The Institute of Jamaica said those added have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields of Literature, Art, and Science, going down in history as recipients of the oldest award in the Western Hemisphere.


Recipients awarded for eminence in Arts are Mr. Steven Woodham; Mr James “Jimmy” Tucker; and Mr. Fitzroy Russell. Professor Mona Webber; Professor Mark Harris and Mr. Hawthorne Watson are awarded for excellence in the field of Science. In the field of Literature, the awardees are Dr. Ishion Hutchinson; Professor Shara McCallum, and Mrs. Veronica Blake-Carnegie.

The Musgrave Medal Awards is an annual presentation held in the month of October, the month in which Jamaica recognizes Heroes Day.


$10m in scholarships for West Kingston students

The Government will be investing $10 million in the provision of new scholarships for outstanding students from the West Kingston constituency under the Edward Seaga Scholarship Awards (ESSA).

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament for the area Desmond McKenzie made the announcement earlier this month during a ceremony for the renaming of Denham Town Primary School and Denham Town Infant School in honour of the late former Prime Minister.

The scholarship programme was launched by the West Kingston constituency in 2019 with $3 million from the Government, in recognition of Mr. Seaga’s tremendous contribution to the development of the area and the wider Jamaica.

Scholars who have already benefited from the programme include outstanding performers in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), Primary Exit Profile (PEP), and a student who is pursuing a level-three early-childhood course at the HEART/NSTA Trust, which Mr. Seaga founded in 1982.


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Massy Distribution and the Quaker Cook-off champion, Romario White (2nd left), and Felicia Stephens (centre), brand manager, Massy Distribution, hand over food and personal-care products to the Alpha Institute, to Principal Donaldson (right). Two students of Alpha Institute join in the occasion.

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Chelsea Thomas Benoit (centre), brand manager at Red Stripe, congratulates Melissa-Kim Dunkley (left), and host of the Marketing Meet Up, Joel Nomdarkham, after winning the Red Stripe Marketing Meet-Up Pitch Competition. He received a grant valued at $50,000.

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A representative from the Annotto Bay Fire Station shows off her freshly picked JP St Mary’s pineapple alongside JP St Mary’s Assistant Depot Manager Simone Saunderson during a handover of care packages with the vitamin C-rich fruit to the Fire Brigade. The donation by JP St Mary’s is part of an overall initiative to encourage essential workers to eat healthy foods to boost their immune systems.

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Massy Distribution and the Quaker Cook-off champion, Romario White (2nd left), and Felicia Stephens (centre), brand manager, Massy Distribution, hand over food and personal-care products to the Alpha Institute, to Principal Donaldson (right). Two students of Alpha Institute join in the occasion.

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Focus on public education during hurricane season, prime minister tells team

Disaster preparedness personnel in Jamaica have been urged to pay special attention to priority areas such as the readiness of shelters and shelter operations, cleaning drain infrastructure, and enhanced public education.

This directive came from Prime Minister Andrew Holness who emphasised the importance to be at top-of-the-class in relation to public awareness of disaster preparedness matters.

“Public education is an integral part of our approach to increase public awareness and engagement to support the disaster preparation and emergency management activities of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), said the prime minister on June 1, the start of the National Atlantic Hurricane Season which will end in November.

Added the prime minister: “The Jamaican people will gain a greater understanding of disaster risk management to be able to prepare for disasters, emergencies and emerging hazards allowing them to safeguard themselves properly, intentionally, and actively, family and property thereby ensuring hurricane readiness in trying times.”



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