JIS News

Ninety students from 33 schools were awarded by the St. James 4-H Advisory Council on Wednesday (June 11), for their participation in the recently held St. James 4-H Parish Achievement Day.
The awards ceremony formed part of the St. James 4-H Advisory Council’s annual general meeting, which took place at the St. John’s Methodist Church Hall, on Humber Avenue, Montego Bay.
Students were presented with trophies, medals, prizes and certificates for their placings in the many disciplines in which they competed during the Achievement Day competition, which was held on Thursday, April 3, at the John Rollins Success Primary School in the parish.
Heading the list of awardees were April Campbell of St. James Prep School and David Archer of Corinaldi Avenue Primary, who were recognized as the St. James 4-H Girl and 4-H Boy of the year, respectively.
Chairman of the St. James 4-H Advisory Council, Calvin G. Brown told JIS News that the mandate of the 4-H Movement is to ensure that as many young people as possible are trained in the areas of agriculture, home economics and related fields, providing them with life-long skills.
He said that the St. James 4-H Advisory Council guides the 4-H Movement within the parish to achieve that mandate. “This year we spent a total of $235,000 training in the areas of Home Economics, Agriculture, Environmental training and Public Speaking in preparation for the achievement day. We have also trained our trainers, who are our teachers, our leaders (within the schools), so that they can go out there and also train our young clubbites,” he said.
“Training, we have recognized, is most important, and it is one of the hallmarks of 4-H that we train our people, not only from the level of clubbites, but up to the level of Parish Development Officers and beyond,” he added.
Mr. Brown pointed out that the St. James 4-H Advisory Council’s main fund raiser to finance its training programme is its ‘Nyammins and Jammins’ food festival held in October each year. He added that funds raised are also used to finance scholarships for clubbites, which is also viewed as a means of training.
He said that some $500,000 have been earmarked by the organization for funding scholarships, adding that for the 2007/2008 administrative year, the St. James 4-H Advisory Council granted five scholarships to clubbites within the parish.
Manager of Field Services and Economic Development with the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Ronald Blake, in his address at the awards ceremony, praised the work of the 4-H organization in St. James.
He pointed out that St. James currently has the most registered clubs in the island, and the third largest number of clubbites in the island. The Manager urged the clubbites to continue to recognize the importance of the 4-H movement in their individual lives, and also the importance of the movement in community development.