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Some $500,000 has been donated to the Jamaica 4-H Club Movement by the Canadian High Commission, for the upgrading of its food preparation laboratory at the Denbigh 4-H Training Centre in Clarendon.
The laboratory is a component of a national Home Economics and Food Preparation Training programme being carried out by the 4-H Movement, which has been providing and upgrading skills of 250 young persons since the inception of the programme in 2002.
“We solicited funding from the Canadian High Commission, which was very kind to donate this money in order to ensure that our laboratory is on the cutting edge. We want to ensure that our participants in the course are well prepared for the hospitality industries locally and overseas and generally for any valuable employment opportunities, whether self generated or otherwise,” Andre Anderson, Denbigh 4-H Centre Manager told JIS News in an interview.
He said that the laboratory was undergoing renovations, including the installation of a ceiling, valued at about $140,000; tiling work valued at about $105,000, and the installation of cupboards valued at $115,000.
In addition, the laboratory is being equipped with a gas stove, two extractor fans, one industrial mixer, one industrial blender, two food warmers, a percolator and other utensils.
“We’ve been waiting a long time now for this type of assistance. We want to express thanks to the Canadian Government, which has come on board to help make the centre a masterpiece for our Home Economics training activities within the Jamaica 4-H Clubs,” Sylvia Porteous, Home Economics Co-ordinator told JIS News.
She pointed out that 90 per cent of participants in the Home Economics programme have been successful in gaining employment, noting that it had also attracted a five per cent male participation.
The 10th batch, comprising 21 trainees, registered in the Home Economics programme on February 6.