Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, is urging the Salvation Army to have its training programmes accredited with the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ).
“It is not just in the classics or the sciences that we need to recognize the intellectual excellence. All of those things are arid and not very useful to humanity unless they have as their foundation faith, trust and belief in the dignity of the human person…,” he stated.
Rev. Thwaites was speaking on March 19 at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Salvation Army’s new Caribbean Territory Training College at 57 Mannings Hill Road in Kingston.
The Minister commended the high standard of training programmes offered by the institution. He stated that with the construction of the facility, officers drawn locally and regionally will be better able to carry out the work of the charity in advancing Christian principles and improving the condition of humankind.
“This evening, you take another stand towards bringing the people not only of this nation but of this region…into a better appreciation and understanding of the compassion, the gentleness, the care and the Christian leadership, which we need…and how it can be achieved,” Rev. Thwaites stated.
Property Secretary, Lt. Colonel Sydney McKenzie, informed that the facility to be built is expected to cost more than US$5 million and will assist in advancing the mission of the Salvation Army in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world.
“Of that US$5 million, we have already received commitments of US$3 million and so we have enough to begin with…at the end of next year, we are hoping that most of these buildings will be ready for opening,” he said.
The project also includes a chapel, student centre, a wing for married students with children, staff residence, nurses’ quarters, and a new swimming pool.
Colonel McKenzie informed that the construction plans have been approved by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
The Salvation Army is a Christian church and registered charity working in 124 countries to demonstrate Christian principles through practical support, unconditional friendship, and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.
The Salvation Army extends a helping hand to those who are homeless, friendless and in need.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter