High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Anthony Johnson, has commended the Jamaica Basic School Foundation (JBSF) for its work to help improve the standard of basic schools in Jamaica.
The High Commissioner, who was speaking at the opening of the JSBJ’s Jamaican Family Fun Day, at Crystal Palace Park, in London, on August 1, said he was pleased to see so many persons turning out to support the event, which is a major fund-raiser for the JBSF.
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Anthony Johnson congratulates Josephine Williams, founder of the Jamaica Basic Schools Foundation, on the success of Fun in the Park, held in Crystal Palace Park, in London, on August 1. The Foundation holds this fund-raising family fun day annually and all proceeds go to support basic schools in Jamaica.
Noting that good early childhood education was important, Mr. Johnson said the funds raised by groups like the JBSF would help to raise the standard of basic schools across the island and improve the ability of students at all levels.
He said that Jamaicans had make significant strides since independence 48 years ago and were currently making great strides in the UK. He also urged the large crowd to start their preparations for celebrating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012, and also to support the Jamaican team during the London Olympics, also in 2012.
The Family Fun Day, which is in its eighth year, is one of two major fund-raising events organised annually by the Foundation. This year’s event, in addition to featuring a fun fair and food court selling traditional Jamaican meals and snacks, also had a performance by members of the University Singers and a demonstration of Jonkonnu dancing, presented by renown Jamaican choreographer, Jackie Guy.
The charity was founded by Josephine Williams in 1995 and over the years has collected more than $15 million to support early childhood education in Jamaica.