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A total of 70 students from 34 schools across the island recently benefited from a leadership camp, which was held at the Runaway Bay HEART Training Institute in St. Ann.
The annual camp, a project of the ‘Change From Within’ programme, is designed to prepare students to become effective leaders, while instilling in them, positive values and attitudes.
Director of Change from Within, Pauletta Chevannes, told JIS News that the camp has proven to be very effective over the years.
She noted that the Ministry of Health played an important part in the programme, by providing the students with the necessary information to make healthy lifestyle choices.
“We introduced the students to topics such as conflict management, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We made presentations on social graces, etiquette and violence,” she added, noting that the training would be continued within the schools throughout the school year.
Appealing to corporate Jamaica to support the effort to mould the lives of the future generation, Mrs. Chevannes said, “good leadership in any organisation means a good organisation”.
Meanwhile, Alwayne Bailey from William Knibb Memorial High, and Tamara Francis from Vauxhall High School were crowned camp king and queen, respectively.
Tamara told JIS News that the camp had a great impact on her life and that she would be going back to school in September to share her experience with other students.
“We learnt a lot of things at the camp especially on how to sharpen our leadership skills and I really will go back to my school and share what I learnt,” she said.
Alwayne, who loves to cook, said his favourite session was dining and etiquette.
For other students, such as Munhaire Lee from Spanish Town High School, the camp brought about positive behavioural changes.
“I came into this camp as a bad seed and I am leaving as a good seed. I am very thankful for everything that they have done for me and I give thanks to everyone, who has helped me,” he stated.
The Change From Within project is an initiative of the Department of Educational Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.