Jamaican Students Participate in UN Conference


Nineteen students representing four of Jamaica’s traditional high schools are currently in New York participating in the United Nations International School conference at UN headquarters. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Mass Media and its Influence on Information’.
Accompanied by chaperones, Alicia Bromfield of Munro College; Ennever Taylor of St. Hugh’s; Georgia Pinnock of Wolmers; and Bernadette Ranglin of The Queen’s School, the students paid a courtesy call on Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Dr. Basil Bryan on Wednesday (March 3).
Speaking of the many contributions that Jamaicans have made to the world, Dr. Bryan encouraged the students to conduct themselves as worthy ambassadors of Jamaica.
“Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember that you are Jamaican and so, make every effort to do your very best and the world will recognize that you are from a beautiful country, but importantly, more beautiful than the country are the people,” Dr. Bryan said.
Responding to Dr. Bryan’s comments, Barbara Richards, President of the New York-based Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, thanked the staff of the Consulate for their warm welcome.
“We want to thank you for hosting the young people here today in their home away from home. I am sure that they will all carry back very good memories of their visit today,” Mrs. Richards said.
This year’s complement of students include Adrian Findlay, Korey Neil, Yanive Nelson and Jomo White of Munro College; Jheanile Chamberlain, Kimberley Chambers, Zawnia-Kay Dehaney, Ammesha Samuels and Tamara Thomas of St. Hugh’s; Katherine Clarke, Nikiel Nesbeth, Gail Tyndale-Ennis and Kaylia Williams of The Queen’s School and Kristen Cootie, Danielle Jadusingh, Gail Lewis, Kacey Mordecai, Amina Whitely and Nadia Willie of Wolmer’s Girls’ School. The conference, which will run from March 4-5, is the twenty-eighth such programme and will take place in the United Nations Assembly Hall. Some 600 high school students from around the world are expected to attend. These students will run the entire conference themselves and for the first time, the event will be broadcast on the Internet. Viewers may log on to www.unis-un.org to watch the live webcast.
Founded in 1947, the United Nations International School (UNIS) has a multi-national staff from 70 countries and more than 1,450 students from 115 countries.

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