CDA Head Says Wards of The State Will Benefit From Culture Passports

Photo: JIS Photographer Director of Culture and Creative Industries Policy Division in the Youth and Culture Ministry, Dr. Janice Lindsay (second left), presents Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Rosalee Gage Grey, with culture passports, at the CDA offices in downtown, Kingston, on February 17. Observing the hand over are: Director of Community Cultural Services at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Marjorie Leyden Vernon (left) and some wards of the State.

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  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Rosalee Gage Grey, says the donation of culture passports to 100 wards of the State will lead to their holistic cultural development.
  • The passports will allow the wards to access cultural sites and institutions and communities free of cost or at reduced rates.
  • The CDA Head was speaking with JIS News, following the handing over of the passports to the children at the CDA’s office in downtown, Kingston, on February 17.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Rosalee Gage Grey, says the donation of culture passports to 100 wards of the State will lead to their holistic cultural development.

The passports will allow the wards to access cultural sites and institutions and communities free of cost or at reduced rates.

“To get them in touch with their heritage is very critical. This (culture passport) will facilitate them gaining access to (heritage) sites, so that they can enjoy the culture and learn about it,” Mrs. Gage Grey said.

The CDA Head was speaking with JIS News, following the handing over of the passports to the children at the CDA’s office in downtown, Kingston, on February 17.

She informed that the idea to present the children, aged between 14 and 18 years, with the passports, came about through consultation with the Ministry of Youth and Culture, some time ago.

“When it was suggested to us, we readily accepted that this would be something good for our children,” Mrs. Gage Grey said.

Meanwhile, Principal Director of Culture and Creative Industries Policy Division in  the Youth and Culture Ministry, Dr. Janice Lindsay, said the programme has been  fairly successful since it was unveiled in June last year.

“I think we are on track in reaching our students. We are on a reasonably good path. It is going to take a lot more work, but I think we have started out fairly well,” she said.

For her part, Director of Community Cultural Services at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Marjorie Leyden Vernon, said the programme aims to benefit a wider cross section of individuals, not solely schools and children.

“If we have churches that have groups, we can distribute the passports to them. Business places with sports clubs and culture being attached, we can also make provisions for them,” she said.

Managed by the JCDC, approximately 1,000 passports have so far been distributed to primary and secondary school students of 200 culture clubs islandwide.

The passport programme forms part of the Youth and Culture Ministry’s initiative to encourage young people to experience Jamaica’s culture and heritage.

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