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  • Head of Delegation for the European Union (EU) in Jamaica, Paola Amadei, says while her four-year stint as Ambassador is coming to an end, she will leave knowing her organization has made an indelible mark in almost every community in Jamaica.
  • Speaking at the opening of the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) classrooms and refurbished building at Barracks Road, Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland, on January 8, Ambassador Amadei confirmed that she will be leaving at the end of the month with her family for an assignment in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Ms. Amadei said she is cognizant that there is a school of thought that the EU only funds projects that are in Kingston and St. Andrew, adding that “nothing could be further from the truth.”

Head of Delegation for the European Union (EU) in Jamaica, Paola Amadei, says while her four-year stint as Ambassador is coming to an end, she will leave knowing her organization has made an indelible mark in almost every community in Jamaica.

Speaking at the opening of the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) classrooms and refurbished building at Barracks Road, Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland, on January 8,  Ambassador Amadei confirmed that she will be leaving at the end of the month with her family for an assignment in Hamburg, Germany.

“As I leave Jamaica this month, I am uplifted by these kinds of projects that are sponsored by the EU.  They have the potential of making meaningful change to people’s lives and I will carry that sentiment as I take Jamaica with me in my heart,” she said.

“I will move from here to direct an institution…an EU Foundation that was created by the Heads of State and governments of Latin American, Caribbean and EU countries. Its mandate is to foster relations between civil society and the academia between the regions…to foster the dialogue between the people on different sides of the Atlantic,” the Ambassador added.

Ms. Amadei said she is cognizant that there is a school of thought that the EU only funds projects that are in Kingston and St. Andrew, adding that “nothing could be further from the truth.”

 

“What is true is that the EU and its projects are present in every single parish in the island. I would even go as far as to say that we are probably in every community or in almost every community. We are trying to be there, not based on which parish the programme is taking place, but we are there based on the needs of the people and based on the necessity and commitment of the people,” she said.

Ms. Amadei said, if anything, she has a special affinity for rural communities, noting that sometimes, outside of her professional commitments, she tends to spend quality time in rural towns, such as Savanna La Mar.

She also noted that she has a special preference for educational projects and that she has personally championed over the past four years, funding that goes toward the upgrading of schools.

“I am pleased to see the improvements here today, including the construction of three new classrooms, and an upgrade to the computer training facilities. This is all valued at nearly J$4 million (Euros30,000), and will reach over 150 current students,” the Ambassador said.

“These facilities will seek to provide a better learning space for many, including those workers closely linked to the sugar industry. It’s for this reason that the EU is supportive of the work of the JFLL,” she added.

Ambassador Amadei was appointed  Head of Delegation for the EU in Jamaica, in January, 2012.