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Education, Youth and Culture Minister, Maxine Henry Wilson, has lauded the contribution of the Japanese to the education system, especially the work of youth volunteers who visit the island annually to take part in the Japanese equivalent of the peace corps programme. There are 30 young people from Japan now in the country as part of the programme.
Minister Henry Wilson, in a meeting with Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiroshi Sakurai at her offices in Kingston on May 7, said the volunteers had, over the years, made recognizable contribution to the youth division of the Education Ministry and continue to do so by helping with the varied youth programmes.
She made special mention of the technical assistance received in the setting up of an electronic enquiry system and maintenance of database for the Youth Information Centres, which are being established throughout the island. The facilities are being set up under Operation Phoenix, a project designed to support the formation and development of youth organizations.
Further collaboration has also been established through the annual Japan Education Teaching Programme (JET) through which over 20 young Jamaicans are recruited to work in Japan as assistant teachers for two years. Minister Henry Wilson said that having met with some participants in the programme, the feedback had been positive. She noted that the youngsters found the experience enriching as they were exposed to the workings of the Japanese school system and the culture.
In his remarks, the Ambassador said his government was looking forward to further collaboration with the government of Jamaica, especially as it related to education. Ambassador Hiroshi Sakurai has been in the island for eight months.

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