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Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson has urged Jamaican students attending universities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia to promote the positive values of their homeland.
“Jamaicans do have a legacy of positive contributions and I call upon you to reinforce these values,” she stressed.
The Minister was addressing more than 200 students from 19 universities and colleges at a student reception hosted by the Jamaican Embassy on October 28, at the Organization of American States (OAS) Museum of the Americas.
“A lot that is Jamaican is good, and a lot that is Jamaican is the energy that will take our country forward,” Mrs. Henry Wilson said.
The Minister said there were Jamaicans residing overseas who rejected some of those values and some who upheld them, and emphasized that countries which were able to make their mark in the world, did so by innovation and change, which made a difference in terms of how they are perceived.
“We are not going to be able to import from other countries what they have in terms of their lifestyles and values, but what we as Jamaicans can do residing overseas, is to validate some of what is Jamaican and to validate what is Jamaican and make them able to withstand global scrutiny,” the Minister noted.
“We cannot, as Jamaicans, separate ourselves from what is happening in the world, but in the end we have to ensure that Jamaica has a name that makes us proud wherever we go,” Mrs. Henry Wilson added.
The Minister appealed to the students that when they graduate, they should consider returning to Jamaica to contribute to the country’s further development.
In his remarks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley noted that the Embassy had a responsibility to build a relationship with these students and assist them with any problems that they might encounter.
He explained that the reception was organized to give the students an opportunity to air their views, concerns, and then see how the Embassy, along with the Jamaica National Association and the wider community, could offer them more support.
Among the universities from which students came were: Howard, District of Columbia, American, George Mason, Bowie State, Georgetown, Maryland, Morgan State, and Montgomery College.
Among those attending the reception were: Dr. Joseph Whittaker, Dean and Professor, School of Computer Mathematics and Natural Science, Morgan State University; Sharon Miller, Deputy Chief of Missions, Jamaican Embassy; Janet Madden, Community Relations Attache, Jamaican Embassy, and Claudette Phillips, Executive Director of the Golden Krust Foundation.
The reception was sponsored by Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill.