- The Ministry of Education and the PIOJ are to hold talks to determine how best to streamline the contents of the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, into the curriculum of schools islandwide.
- Both sides gave this commitment during a brief meeting at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on Thursday, February 13.
- Vision 2030 seeks to position Jamaica to achieve developed country status by year 2030.
The Ministry of Education and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) are to hold talks to determine how best to streamline the contents of the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, into the curriculum of schools islandwide.
Both sides gave this commitment during a brief meeting at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on Thursday, February 13, during which Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, was presented with Vision 2030 Jamaica educational material by PIOJ Director General, Collin Bullock.
This move to streamline the Plan into schools’ curricula will deepen the existing partnership between the two sides, which has already facilitated distribution to 40,000 copies of the 88-page popular format to schools, as well as communities islandwide.
Vision 2030 seeks to position Jamaica to achieve developed country status by year 2030 and, in the process, make the country the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.
Rev. Thwaites, who extended the invitation, said the Ministry welcomes the opportunity to work closer with the PIOJ, in this regard.
“We want our national development focus to be infused (in our schools). We (welcome) the opportunity to use this material fulsomely (to the benefit of) more Jamaicans, adult as well as the school population, because our focus is lifelong learning,” Rev. Thwaites said.
In his remarks, Mr. Bullock described the proposal as the Ministry’s recognition “of the importance of getting to Jamaicans, in the formative years, to actually build and inculcate the Vision.”
“We certainly look forward to working with you on that. We certainly would be able to work with you in helping to define age appropriate inputs in terms of sensitizing young students… of what the vision is. It is important that we not only sell a vision, but maintain that confidence (in Jamaica)…where when (students graduate from) school, they can start talking about opportunities in Jamaica, which are aligned with the Vision,” he added.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Programme Director for the Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat at the PIOJ, Richard Lumsden, who said the agency has been keen on deepening engagements with the Ministry in other areas, including at the policy level.
In her remarks, Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, welcomed the progress which the partnership between the Ministry and PIOJ has yielded thus far in sensitizing the population about Vision 2030 Jamaica, particularly in schools.
“This is one of the books that we see when we go into the schools. I have noted, in particular, that the short version of the (plan) has (resonated with everybody; even the children can be heard speaking about it. We look forward to the discussions… so we can ensure…we have…age appropriate (inputs) at the different levels,” Dr. McLean said.