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Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has congratulated three high school students who copped the Rising Stars award in the International Junior Achievement competition for young entrepreneurs.
Speaking at the weekly Post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (December 15), Mr. Vaz said the girls were positive examples for Jamaican youth, and their outstanding work should be emulated. The competition was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 9 to 12.
“Let me also add my congratulations, on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, to you for an outstanding job and the example that you have set for so many other youngsters coming up behind you. Keep up the good work and keep the flag flying,” he challenged the students.
The girls – 19-year-old Tasheika Thompson, 18-year-old Damarah Nelson and 19-year-old Tina Geddes – are students of St. Andrew High School for Girls and Meadowbrook High School in Kingston. They represented “Team Jamaica Gene” in the competition.
They were trained by the National Transformation Programme (NTP) of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), in collaboration with the Junior Achievement Company Programme which teaches entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness youths. The training was conducted over a 12-week period in the Maxfield community, by NTP’s Project Officer, Princess Scott.
Director of Development, Planning and Monitoring, National Transformation Programme (NTP), Fabian Brown said they impressed the judges so much, that the category was specifically created for them – a first in the history of the competition.
“Significant is the fact that, amongst all the Junior Achievement programmes in Jamaica, in the schools and in the communities, these young people, out of Maxfield, came out the top achievers for Jamaica and, as such, represented Jamaica for the first time in the international competition,” he remarked.
Jamaica’s participation in the competition was sponsored by USAID, General Electric, First Caribbean International Bank, the Ministry of Education, Hewlett Packard, Federal Express and Junior Achievement Jamaica.