WCJF Strengthens Programme To Better Serve Young Women

The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation WCJF has made changes to its Programme for Adolescent Mothers PAM, delivered at the Centre’s 18 locations across the island. The changes, came into effect at the start of the 2019/2020 academic year and involve increasing academic instruction from four to five days per week and the offering of three new subjects. WCJF Executive Director, Dr. Zoe Simpson says the changes will better prepare the girls to return to the formal school system.

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Energy Minister Commends Youths For Excellence Back To School Initiative

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Fayval Williams, has commended Youths for Excellence Limited for providing back to school assistance to students of the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School. More than 36 students from the Hagley Park Road based school, received items including computer tablets, bus passes for two months, three months’ supply of food, as well as comprehensive health checks free of cost.

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Legal Aid Council Helps 107 Mentally Ill Persons

The Legal Aid Council LAC has provided legal representation for 107 mentally ill persons, within the last year. The move forms part of the Council’s overall mandate of ensuring Justice is accessible and inclusive especially to vulnerable members of society.

 

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Students at Comfort Castle Primary & Junior High Benefit from Tamara Gordon Foundation

Students of Comfort Castle Primary and Junior High School in Portland are the beneficiaries of a donation from the Canadian charity, the Tamara Gordon Foundation. The cheque valued 343,000 dollar was presented to Principal, Dalmain Moore, by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith at a ceremony held in Kingston recently.  

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Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) Staging A Run to Assist the Mentally Ill

Running in general is good for the body but it can have even more far reaching benefits when it’s done for a cause! This year will see the 11th annual CUMI 10K and 5K Run/Walk being held on September 21 at the Tryall Club in Sandy Bay, Hanover. The event is being staged to raise money for the day-to-day operations of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill CUMI, located in St. James.

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Salt Spring Primary & Infant School Receives facelift

The Salt Spring Primary and Infant School in Montego Bay, St. James, has received well needed facelift, courtesy of the St. James Police. The work, undertaken by the police, in collaboration with men from the community, included replacing the school’s perimeter fencing, renovating the garbage receptacle and removing bulky waste surrounding the area. A garden was also created, as part of the overall beautification of the school’s surroundings.

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Infant & Primary Schools to Get New Computers Come January

Come January, scores of infant and primary school teachers will be clicking their way to improved teaching practices, having received new computers from the government. The provision of ICT tools to educators is a vital part of efforts to ensure Jamaican children are digitally literate and equipped to take advantage of opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams says the resources will be distributed under the latest phase of the tablets in schools initiative.

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CPFSA Back To School Fair Reaches Hundreds in Westmoreland

320 children in Darliston, Westmoreland, received complimentary school supplies and medical checks during the Child Protection and Family Services Agency CPFSA’s annual Western Region Back to School Treat and Health Fair. The event, catered to 200 youngsters from the community, and 120 children on Supervision Orders from the CPFSA’s Family Reintegration Programme. They received backpacks filled with stationery and clothing, and were treated to amusement rides, games, and snacks, among other goodies. The health services provided included school medicals, as well as blood sugar and pressure checks. 

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Montego Bay Benefits from Food Safety and Back to School Fair

Scores of children from Montego Bay and wider St. James benefited from free medical checks during the second annual ‘Food Safety and Back-to-School Fair’, held at Pier One recently. Organised by the St. James Public Health Services, the event is in keeping with the agency’s mandate to provide preventative and curative healthcare to the public.

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Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners Expands Education Trust Offerings

Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners has is expanding the scope and level of assistance provided to students in St. Ann through the company’s Education Trust. These, include the introduction of two five-year scholarships, valued at 100,000 dollars per annum, to the top performing boy and girl in the Primary Exit Profile PEP examinations. The firm will also be awarding three tertiary scholarships for undergraduate studies in medicine, agriculture, engineering or education.

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PATH Beneficiaries Encouraged to Apply for Post Secondary Grant

Project Director, Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education PATH, Elsa Marks-Willis is encouraging beneficiaries to take advantage of the PATH post-Secondary Grant to assist with back-to-school expenses. This programme is for persons who are currently PATH beneficiaries and are re-sitting Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate CSEC subjects, sitting Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination CAPE subjects, or pursuing Certificates, Diplomas or Associate Degrees. The grant is also available to children who are registered in an approved post-secondary institution, such as HEART Trust/ NTA, sixth form or a Community College.

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Bog Walk Residents To Benefit From Health Centre And Police Station Upgrade

Residents of surrounding communities in Bog Walk, St. Catherine, are to benefit from the upgrading of their health and security facilities, as well as the rehabilitation of Pineapple Lane Road, all at a cost of approximately 88 million dollars. Over the next six months, the Bog Walk Health Centre will be expanded, and a dental unit added, and the Bog Walk Police Station will also be rehabilitated, equipped and expanded.

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Children Of The State Benefit From National Children Summit

Children from several private and Government-owned residential child care facilities received valuable life skills training and career advice, at the fourth staging of the biennial National Children’s Summit NCS on Thursday, August 15. This year’s staging, organized by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency CPFSA, featured several sessions and presentations on a range of topics, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, CPFSA Transitional Service Opportunities and Career Guidance.

 

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Clarendon Health Department relocated to Jackson Street

Come August 19, the Clarendon Health department will be moving into a new location at 1-3 Jackson Street in Denbigh, Clarendon immediately beside the Denbigh Primary School. Parish Manager for Clarendon Health Services Joseph Grant says the move will allow the hospital to have more room to carry out its administrative operations. Mr. Grant notes however, that all other services including food handlers’ certification, diabetic retinopathy and child guidance clinics will remain at their current location on the compound of the May Pen Hospital at 1 Muirhead Avenue in May Pen.

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KSAMC Junior Council First Rollington Town Expo

Improving the quality of life of persons in Kingston and St. Andrew is at the heart of the work carried out by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation KSAMC Junior Council. The KSAMC Junior Council is a youth led organization formed to give youth an opportunity to play their part in meeting the needs of citizens of Kingston and St. Andrew. The youth organization will continue its efforts with the staging of their first information Expo and back to school treat on August 22 at Rollington Town Primary School, from 11 am to 5pm. The free expo and fair is being staged under the theme, Protecting the vulnerable: Establishing hope through local government.

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Government Commits To Rebuild Jamaica National Children’s Home

As the wards of the state and staff members of the Jamaica National Children’s home face life after Friday’s blaze, the government has committed to ensure that the section damaged by the fire is rebuilt. Thankfully the fire left no one hurt, but destroyed the dormitory area of the Children’s home. The children have been relocated to another child care institution, and are in high spirits and a team of counsellors have been assigned to provide continuous psychosocial support for the children and their caregivers over the coming weeks.

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