Advertisement
JIS News

Story Highlights

  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has invited the religious community to impart the values of the church to arrest the perverted attitudes among the youth population.
  • The Minister said the importance of applying the sanctuary to the society is paramount, as a counter culture exists in many aspects of entertainment.
  • The Minister said given the spiritual awareness of the population, the church is the main group than can help in restoring values where it has been lost.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has invited the religious community to impart the values of the church to arrest the perverted attitudes among the youth population.

The Minister said the importance of applying the sanctuary to the society is paramount, as a counter culture exists in many aspects of entertainment, and “habits of perverse values and attitudes create a tremendous dissonance in the minds of our young people.”

Rev. Thwaites was addressing the launch of the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), Distance Education Programme, at its main campus in St. Andrew, on May 18.

The Minister said given the spiritual awareness of the population, the church is the main group than can help in restoring values where it has been lost.

“Help us to arrest the social decline, and with the re-socialization of so many of our young people,” he urged.

Commending the UTCWI for the new mode of studying at the institution, the Minister said opportunity exists today where an illiterate person can start at the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), then go on to community colleges, the HEART Trust /NTA, and end up at universities.

“It is up to us to recognize that education is a critical factor in national development,” Rev. Thwaites said.

The distance education programme, in its pilot stage, will seek to lessen the stigma associated with HIV, and engage young people with information toward building a better future.

“All of these are good steps toward better education, toward higher consciousness, and toward greater wholesomeness among our people,” the Minister said.