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  • Students will converge at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Friday (January 22) to pray about issues affecting the country’s young people.
  • Partners in the staging of the event include the Inter-School Christian Fellowship, Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness and the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association.
  • Sixteen high schools in Region One, including the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf, will compete for the trophy. The competition is aimed at promoting social inclusion for hearing-impaired students.

Students will converge at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Friday (January 22) to pray about issues affecting the country’s young people.

The Prayer Rally, organised by the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC), will commence at 3:00 p.m., and is also open to the general public.

The event is part of the NSSC’s ‘I Respect You’ campaign, which aims to highlight issues affecting youth, especially those with special needs.

“We will be congregating… to pray about the abuse against our children, against violence in our schools and other critical issues, which affect youth today,” NSSC Region One Vice President, Benjamin Fraser, told JIS News in an interview.

“It’s not just about gathering…but we really want to intercede for our children and for our nation,” he said.

He noted that the rally is intended to send a message that the nation’s youth are “committed to prayer and want it to remain as an integral part of school life.”

The event will also include a special presentation by Evangelist Althea Studdard of the Emmanuel Apostolic Church as well as a concert segment featuring local gospel artistes.

Partners in the staging of the event include the Inter-School Christian Fellowship, Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness and the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association.

Last year, the NSSC hosted a Mass Meeting at the Karam Speid auditorium at Merl Grove High School in Kingston.

Other events in the NSSC’s ‘I Respect You’ campaign include the staging of the first Inter-School Football Competition, called the IRY Cup, at St. George’s College in Kingston on January 30.

Sixteen high schools in Region One, including the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf, will compete for the trophy. The competition is aimed at promoting social inclusion for hearing-impaired students.

Region One of the NSSC will also upgrade the bathrooms and install wall fans at the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf, with proceeds from its various fundraisers.