JIS News

Munro College and Goshen All-age School in St. Elizabeth were crowned primary and secondary level champions, respectively for the 2006 Heritage Quiz Competition, held on Tuesday (Oct. 24) at the Alpart Sports Club.
The annual competition organised by the St. Elizabeth office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), is aimed at stimulating awareness among young people about the country’s cultural and historical heritage, Cultural Organizer for the parish, Vivien Morris-Brown said..
She noted that “in Jamaica a lot of emphasis is placed on entertainment . television, video games, and so on, so we consider that it is very important for us to ensure that our young people are grounded and rooted in the cultural heritage”.
According to Mrs. Morris-Brown, “the emphasis is on the students from primary school right up to high school, because these are students, who normally have the opportunity to represent Jamaica in one way or the other. It is important for them. to be articulate on what is important about us, what makes us who we are and that of course is our cultural heritage”.
The Cultural Organiser emphasised that “we can’t take it for granted anymore . that our children are going to acquire cultural knowledge by osmosis, because much of what is played on our radio stations and done on our television stations is not Jamaican .so we have to make a concerted effort . to get our children exposed”.
She encouraged teachers “not just to prepare for the Heritage Quiz competition for October but . come and be exposed via our workshops and other programmes of the JCDC” and to pass on the information to students.
She informed that for next year, “we are going to step up the process of research . so that we can have questions that are wide ranging, all delving into what we consider to be important about our heritage”.
Shennel Gayle of the Goshen All-Age School said she was excited to be a part of the winning team and pledged to pass on the knowledge gained from the competition to her classmates and the wider school community.
For his part, Luke Phillips of Munro College stated that “the competition is important because, as young kids, we need to learn more about where we are coming from. I think it’s a great opportunity to learn about our history and our past”.
The JCDC St. Elizabeth Annual Heritage Quiz Competition started some three or four years ago.Seven primary and three secondary institutions participated in the competition this year.