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  • Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has urged graduates of tertiary institutions to become actively involved in the education and transformation process, to advance their communities and the country.
  • The Minister said by undertaking and completing the course of study, the graduates would have already signalled that they intend to be serious transformational players.
  • The 43 graduates are from Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James (14); Moneague College in St. Ann (seven) and the Mico University College in Kingston (22). They earned their degrees in Educational Leadership.

Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has urged graduates of tertiary institutions to become actively involved in the education and transformation process, to advance their communities and the country.

Addressing Master of Science (MSc) graduates from Central Connecticut State University, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, on January 11, the Minister said by undertaking and completing the course of study, the graduates would have already signalled that they intend to be serious transformational players.

The 43 graduates are from Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James (14); Moneague College in St. Ann (seven) and the Mico University College in Kingston (22). They earned their degrees in Educational Leadership.

“Your course of study is crucial to my country and your country’s development. As educators, you are committed to this process by your decision to pursue and further your own professional development,” the Minister said.

Miss Hanna congratulated the graduates on their achievement, noting that they “have already prepared themselves to be counted among the cadre of transformatives.”

Meanwhile, the Minister said the collaboration between the three local tertiary institutions and Central Connecticut State University, must be commended.

She emphasised that at this time, Jamaica needs more collaboration among all sectors, in order to meet the country’s goals and objectives.

“For some reason, we do not necessarily like to collaborate, but we have to …we must. When you are able to collaborate, you become more deliberate and you actually get more done, because more people have the information,” the Minister said.

Citing her Ministry’s success in meeting its goals, she said this was made possible as a result of immense collaboration between all the stakeholders.

“I am very happy to say that we have been able to achieve our objectives of 2014 going into 2015 as a Ministry. We could have only done this by really having cooperation,” she noted.

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