The Real Estate Board (REB) recently awarded a winner for its inaugural national high-school essay competition.
Joelle Morgan, a sixth-form student of The Queen’s High School, was named the competition’s winner and walked away with $30,000 in cash prize and the winner’s trophy.
“I am very elated that I won the competition. It was my teacher who encouraged me to enter. Before, I didn’t know about the role of the Real Estate Board, so participating in the competition has been enlightening. I now have a greater appreciation of the Real Estate Board,” Joelle told JIS News.
The competition saw high-school participants writing on the topic, ‘Regulation in the real estate industry is key to ensuring a high standard of service delivery and ethical conduct; it is not intended to increase bureaucracy’.
Meanwhile, CEO of the Real Estate Board, Sandra Garrick, has congratulated Joelle and is urging government agencies to engage youth through similar activities.
“What we’ve observed while being the regulators of real estate in Jamaica is that citizens are not knowledgeable about real estate and how it impacts their lives,” Mrs. Garrick told JIS News.
She explained that the competition was a means of sensitising the public while targeting youth.
“We can’t just target adults. The younger generation is whom we’ll pass the baton to, so it is very important that we form relationships,” Mrs. Garrick said.
She noted that as the REB merges with the Commission of Strata Corporations, more public education activities will be staged as the agency’s function broadens.