Coke’s View Primary School in Westmoreland on Wednesday (June 4) emerged overall champions in the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) western ‘Clean School Competition’.
The school was awarded the coveted NSWMA trophy, in addition to plaques and other prizes.
The champion school was among some 150 institutions that participated in the competition, which was carried out across the island, under the theme, ‘Maintaining a Clean Environment for the Preservation of Life’.
The fifth renewal of the annual NSWMA’s National Clean School Competition, forms part of the authority’s broader public education programme and is aimed at improving and encouraging better waste management practices among the youth.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with
responsibility for Local Government Reform, Robert
Montague (right) and Executive Director of the National Solid Waste
Management Authority (NSWMA), Joan Gordon Webley (second left), listen
attentively to a student of Junior Plus Preparatory School in Montego Bay,
as he explains how this piece of art is made. Occasion was the National
Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA)
Clean School Awards Ceremony and Waste to Art Expo, held at St. John’s
Community Action Centre in Montego Bay on June 4.
Speaking at the NSWMA Clean School Awards Ceremony and Waste to Art Expo at the St. Johns Methodist Community Action Centre in Montego Bay on June 4, Minister of State, in the Office of the Prime Minister, with special responsibility for Local Government Reform, Robert Montague, said that the competition, which was an initiative of the NSWMA, was an expression of the foresight, vision and dedication of Government agencies and administration, as well as the excellent leadership in schools today.
“I am heartened at the number of schools, which have chosen to participate and wish to commend the students and their teachers for their hard work and dedication in not only maintaining the cleanliness of their school environment but also in spreading the message of solid waste management in their homes and communities. environmental management is everybody’s business and there is no better place to start inculcating the values of cleanliness than in the minds of our youths,” Minister Montague pointed out.
He stressed that solid waste management was one of the most important functions in any country and called for strong collaboration between stakeholders to address areas such as the environment, health and general livelihood, and how the collection and disposal of solid waste impacted on these.
“I would like to let our partners NSWMA, the 150 schools that participated in the project, also the teachers and community members, know that their enthusiasm is equally matched with our commitment and determination to see this project continue as it is most welcomed in the planning and future development of our nation through sustainable environmental practices,” Mr. Montague noted.
“Ladies and gentlemen, students and teachers, I join you in celebrating the winners and the conceptualization of this initiative, and call on each and everyone of you to take up the challenge of shaping a sustainable environment that our children and grandchildren will be proud of and Jamaicans living overseas will clamour to return to… this effort can only redound to the benefit of all of us as Jamaicans and our visitors,” Minister Montague emphasized.