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PORT ANTONIO — Primary school students and several adults participated in a workshop, aimed at infusing the national core values in the activities of daily life, at the Rosebank Primary School in St. Mary on July 11, 2011.

The workshop, which was organised by the Students for Transformation – the youth arm of the National Transformation Programme – engaged approximately 60 students and 20 adults from the community, to promote the national core values of love, patience, peace, justice, unity, responsibility, accountability, dignity of work, saving, respect and reverence for life, truth and honesty.

During the session, participants used performing arts and colouring books provided by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), and Citizens Association for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFÉ), to dramatise and paint pictures highlighting the importance of the national core values and the need to embrace them, in order to make the nation more caring and more disciplined.

Director of Development and Planning for the National Transformation Programme, Fabian Brown, told JIS News that the workshop was a success, and commended the participants for the high level of enthusiasm and interest.

He expressed confidence that the aims and objectives of the workshop will be achieved, based on the overwhelming support provided by the participants, and gave the assurance that a follow-up event will be held in the community during August, to involve a greater number of persons and a longer period of interaction between the participants.

Mr. Brown explained that the event will include a health and development fair, to underscore the importance of healthcare in the development of the country, and to sensitise community members about the need to embrace healthy lifestyles in order to enjoy a full and happy life.

 

By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS Reporter