Schools from rural Jamaica dominated the top spots in the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan Essay Competition, when the winners were announced on Wednesday (January 30) at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).
The competition, which was staged islandwide in October, saw students in different age group categories expressing how Jamaica can achieve its vision of “being the place to live, grow, raise families and do business” by 2030, and examining the benefits of the country having such a plan.
Education Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who was guest speaker at the award ceremony held at the PIOJ’s Oxford Road offices, said the trend of rural winners “is good”.
“Good can come out of the Nazareth of rural Jamaica. It is vitally important that we lift up our schools, hold our parents and teachers accountable and build a whole culture of the joy of education and the strength that can come from it,” he stated.
Commending the PIOJ on staging the essay competition, he pointed out that the National Development Plan recognises very early, the importance of having an educated population.