MONTEGO BAY — Schools in St. James are to participate in the Parish Council’s first Disaster Preparedness Performing Arts Competition, which will last from May 3 to 12.
The competition, which was launched on May 2 in the Council’s chambers in Montego Bay, is opened to all infant, primary, preparatory and high schools in the parish, and will be staged under the theme: ‘Comprehensive Disaster Management’.
The competition is viewed as the ideal medium to prepare participants for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins in June, and will see participating institutions making presentations in four categories in the Performing Arts, including Dance, Drama, Speech and Music.
Secretary/Manager of the St. James Parish Council, Winston Palmer, who addressed the press launch, said the staging of the competition is a reflection of the parish council’s disaster preparedness unit’s effort to diversify the ways in which disaster management is being promoted in schools.
“The competition was conceptualised with the intention of broadening the pool of participants, while fostering and creating a platform to showcase the creative talents of students, as they express their understanding of disaster management,” he said.
“While the performing arts competition is the ideal medium to aid our preparation for the hurricane season, it also promotes comprehensive disaster and environmental management within the parish of St. James, allowing participants the freedom to express their understanding of both general and current disaster management issues,” Mr. Palmer added.
He explained that the competition would not completely replace the annual disaster education awareness quiz and poster competition, as both would be held inter-changeably on a bi-annual basis.
Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Charles Sinclair, congratulated the Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinator, Tamoy Sinclair and her team for ensuring that the parish was pro-active in preparing for the pending hurricane season.
“Please ensure that you seek to include other members from your community and pass on the information and experiences that you would have learnt from participating in this competition,” Mayor Sinclair told the students in attendance.
The competition is expected to see students exploring topical issues, such as fire safety, watershed management, light and energy conservation, hurricane and earthquake safety, and waste disposal.
By GLENIS ROSE, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE