PORT ANTONIO — Liberty Learning Centre has emerged winner in the Buff Bay Business Watch Quiz Competition for primary and preparatory schools in West Portland.
The finals were held at the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman in Buff Bay, on June 3.
At the end of the competition, Liberty Learning Centre walked away with 44 points, with Buff Bay Primary amassing 26 points. The winning school was presented with the Buff Bay Business Watch trophy, medals and other prizes, while the runner-up school as well as the other participating schools received medals and other prizes.
A total of 16 schools from West Portland participated in the eight-week competition, which sought to engage the students in an intellectual and challenging rivalry, as they displayed their knowledge and wit responding to questions drawn from Grades 4 to 6 curriculum for primary education.
The event was sponsored by the local business community in Buff Bay, as well as Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Daryl Vaz.
In his address, read by Gavin Powell, Mr. Vaz said he has always been committed to any activity relating to the educational development of young people, as it remains the only acceptable way for them to realise their goals.
Emphasising the importance of involving young people in activities that will enhance their educational development, Mr. Vaz said the establishment of the Buff Bay Information Centre, as well as the presentation of computers to 26 schools in the constituency, was testimony of his commitment to education.
He congratulated the Buff Bay Business Watch for recognising the need, and for implementing the programme.
Meanwhile, Territorial Officer at the Ministry of Education’s Region Two Office, Paul Ashley, said the Ministry of Education was delighted to participate in the activity, as it will greatly assist the participants to “broaden their horizons."
“Competitions such as these, will release the potential for students to encounter a whole new world out there,” he added.
Senior Branch Manager for the Jamaica National Building Society in Annotto Bay, Edison Taylor, said his organisation was happy to be associated with the programme. “It is a part of our way of giving back to communities that we have benefitted from in our operations,” he said.
By LORNA L. WILLIAMS, JIS Reporter