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  • Programme Director for the Plan Development Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Ms. Leila Palmer, has expressed confidence in the country's ability to achieve the goals set out in the Vision 2030 National Development Plan but stated that "we all must play our part."
  • She noted that the country has made improvements in many areas of human and physical development, which was in keeping with world standards. "We have made significant strides in some vital and critical areas; in the field of education, in health, the delivery of basic amenities, potable water supply, and infrastructural development," she pointed out.
  • She was speaking on the roles and responsibilities of youth in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Vision 2030 Jamaica, in her address to the Northern Caribbean University's (NCU) Rotoract Club meeting held recently, at the institution's Mandeville campus.

Programme Director for the Plan Development Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Ms. Leila Palmer, has expressed confidence in the country’s ability to achieve the goals set out in the Vision 2030 National Development Plan but stated that “we all must play our part.”

She noted that the country has made improvements in many areas of human and physical development, which was in keeping with world standards. “We have made significant strides in some vital and critical areas; in the field of education, in health, the delivery of basic amenities, potable water supply, and infrastructural development,” she pointed out.

She was speaking on the roles and responsibilities of youth in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Vision 2030 Jamaica, in her address to the Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU) Rotoract Club meeting held recently, at the institution’s Mandeville campus.

She implored the students to make service a part of their routine. “Service is integral to the development of any nation. No nation can be sustainable unless it has that cadre of persons, who are willing to give of themselves to the development of their country,” she said.

“The country has provided you with the kind of environment where you are more equipped to help the more vulnerable of your society so service is an admirable and honourable thing to do. As persons, who are equipping themselves to be more of the educated in the society, clearly, you have to take on a leadership role,” she added.

Vision 2030 Jamaica is the long-term strategy to put the country on the path to development.

Mrs. Palmer stated that the Medium-Term Socio-economic Policy Framework 2009-2012, places focus on addressing the weaknesses at all levels on the education system.

Emphasis is being placed on early childhood development, including improving the capacity of parents; enhancing the physical and social environment in schools up to the secondary level; creating an outcomes-based, standards-driven education and training system; increasing access to education and training opportunities particularly for unattached youth; and increasing the alignment of education and training programmes with the labour market.

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