More than 1,500 students across the island benefited from the new posters and other heritage materials that were donated by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), during Heritage Week, which began on October 11.
Speaking with JIS News today (October 17), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS, Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe described the experience as one of a kind.
“Our outreach experience this week has been second to none. We have not had this experience before, going to a number of schools across the island, meeting with students from rural Jamaica and in Kingston, and many parents as well. It has really had an impact on all of us and especially the team who journeyed to these schools,” Mrs. Rowe said.
She added that even though Heritage Week is coming to a close, the donations to the schools will continue until the end of October.
Students of Wilson’s Run Primary School, in Trelawny, show their appreciation of the JIS’ Heritage gifts with the Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe (left); Acting Principal, Mr. Audley Smith (centre) and teacher, Miss Jeanette Hills (right), on October 15. Wilson’s Run is the fourth institution to receive the JIS’ new posters of the National Heroes and symbols, which are available for sale at the JIS’ Head Office, 58a Half-Way Tree Road, in Kingston.
“The response has been very heartening and has encouraged us as an Agency to do more outreach programmes like this and we want to plan additional visits for the rest of October, even though we would have wound up Heritage Week. The response has been overwhelming,” the CEO explained.
Heritage materials written and published by the JIS have been donated to four schools. They are the John Austin All Age, in Pennants, Clarendon; Wilson’s Run Primary in Trelawny; Wonder World Child Care Centre and Vaz Preparatory in Kingston.
The items included the new JIS Heritage posters, featuring the National Heroes and national symbols, books, flags and other educational materials.
Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe (left), presents Heritage materials valued at some $6,000 to Acting Principal of the Wilson’s Run Primary School, in Trelawny, Mr. Audley Smith (right), on October 15.
The McCam Child Care and Development Centre in Papine, St Andrew, is the next institution that will receive the JIS’ gifts.
“McCam Child Care and Development Centre that cares for children who have special needs as well as those who are gifted, can expect special treats from the JIS next week. This continues to reinforce our commitment to our students, parents and teachers that the JIS has a key role to play in raising the national consciousness of our people and this is one way we are pursuing that mandate,” Mrs. Rowe stressed.
Heritage Week is being celebrated under the theme: ‘Believe in Jamaica, Embracing our Heritage.’