KINGSTON — Jamaica's Heritage Week 2011, October 9-14, is themed "The Journey Continues", and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is again making its mark in this journey, by educating Jamaican children about their heritage.
A number of schools selected by the JIS will benefit from gifts of heritage publications, posters, DVDs and Jamaican flags produced by the agency. The activities started Monday (October 10) at the Kingston High School, downtown Kingston, where principal, Corrine Richards, welcomed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, to speak to students on heritage.
Mrs. Rowe urged the students to be proud to be Jamaicans, as she recalled the song, “Jamaica is My Home."
"We could not be here without the work of our Heroes,” she told them, “(and) if you don’t know what they died for, then you don’t know what you’re living for."
In response, the Grade Seven students recited a poem on Jamaica’s National Heroes, the struggles for a free Jamaica and how this freedom led us to Independence, and the penning of the National Anthem and the National Pledge.
The JIS team also visited Seaforth Primary School in St. Thomas, where they were welcomed with open arms, as students gathered to listen to JIS Director of Productions, Enthrose Campbell, speak on the National Heroes, and urge them to become heroes themselves in their own way.
Ms. Campbell told the students that they should be “helpful, extraordinary, respectful and organized”, qualities she said were characteristic of the National Heroes.
Both schools received heritage packages from the JIS team, as the agency’s annual donations to schools. These Heritage packages are also on sale at the JIS Head Office, 58a Half Way Tree Road, Kingston, until October 28.
As the week progresses, the JIS will be visiting other schools across the island as it seeks to uplift the spirit of the staff and students, as ‘The Journey Continues.’
By Christine Ade-Gold