JIS News

More than 20 agencies and institutions are expected to participate in the 5th annual community exposition of the Old Harbour Development Area Committee (OHDAC).
The event, which will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 21) at the Portmore Community College’s Old Harbour campus beginning at 9:00 a.m., is being staged in collaboration with the Ministry of Education under the theme: ‘Effective Parenting and Empowerment of Youths for better Communities’.
Chairman of OHDAC, Judith Spencer-Jarrett, told JIS News that the event will target parents because of the decline in values and attitudes within some communities. She said that information on effective parenting will be provided, while parents will be sensitised on how to access and effectively utilise available resources to improve parenting skills.
“There is need to encourage our parents to pay better attention to our young people and children. We believe that if parenting is effective, then our youths will be better and we will not have so much violence and indiscipline in our society,” she stated.
As part of the activity, awards will be presented to 120 outstanding parents of students from early childhood, primary and secondary schools in Clarendon and St. Catherine at a function slated for Ascot Hall in Old Harbour beginning at 3:00 p.m. Guest speaker is Amina Blackwood-Meeks, Director of Culture at the Education Ministry.
The OHDAC was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization representing six areas in St. Catherine – Old Harbour, Old Harbour Bay, Bartons, Brown’s Hall, Bellas Gate and Ginger Ridge – to foster a coordinated approach to development that incorporates all stakeholders.
Some of the organizations participating in the expo are: Children’s First, Child Development Agency, University College of the Caribbean, Registrar General’s Department, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Blue Cross of Jamaica, Police Narcotics Division, and the Office of Utilities Regulation.

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