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One thousand copies of the Students Motivational Manual, which provides a framework for transforming young minds and instilling in them, positive values and attitudes, were yesterday (June 23) handed over to the Ministry of Education Career Advancement Programme (CAP) Unit during a ceremony at Jamaica House.
A project of the Youth Transformation Programme, through funding from Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), the manual has the key objectives of stimulating self-confidence and positive mental attitude in the youth; encourage better acceptance of self and appreciation of the discipline of hard work; and to fight low esteem and under-achievement.
Targeting young people age 10 to 20, it was compiled from a special research project to address the growing level of social problems affecting youth, such as lack of self-confidence and positive mental attitude, de-motivation, academic under-achievements and propensity to anti-social activity.

Director of the Youth Transformation Programme, Archibald Edwards (left), presents copies of the Students’ Motivational Manual to National Co-ordinator of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) Unit in the Ministry of Education, Joyce Wilson, during a ceremony yesterday (June 23) at Jamaica House. The manual, which is a project of the Youth Transformation Programme, targets young people age 10 to 20 years old.

Wednesday handing over brought to 7,000 the total copies of the manual that have been donated to schools and the Ministry.
National Co-ordinator, CAP Unit, Joyce Wilson, said the principles outlined in the manual are in keeping with those of the Ministry. She noted further that it contains all the developmental processes that young people should be going through and learning at an early age. “We have been working with this book with our students already because we think it is so relevant,” she said.
Senior Manager for Quality Assurance, JNBS, Michele Pollard-Gonzalez, in her remarks, stated that the publication provides the positive values and attitudes that can influence young people to strive for excellence in order to achieve a wide range of educational and personal objectives.
She said that the JNBS decided to contribute to its publication so that as many students as possible can have access to the ideas and confidence-building concepts contained.

Director of Youth Transformation Programme, Archibald Edwards (left) presents copies of the Students’ Motivational Manual to Senior Vice President, Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank Limited, Michelle Wilson-Reynolds during a ceremony held yesterday (June 23) at Jamaica House. The manual, which is a project of the Youth Transformation Programme, targets young people age 10 to 20 years old.

“The book provides a step-by-step template for growth and development and offers real examples and role models that students can use to chart their own positive course for development,” she noted.
Director of Youth Transformation, Archibald Edwards, called on more Jamaicans to invest in and support Jamaica’s youths to be positive thinkers.
He contended that, “if our children are grown with positive attitude, high self-esteem, strong motivation, focus on education and training and a sense of responsibility, this will equate to a friendly and productive nation,” with less propensity for crime.
He said that the hope is to get at least 50,000 copies of the manual in schools by the end of the December term.
In the meantime, Mr. Edwards informed that starting this year, Youth Transformation intends to work with selected schools for the implementation of a student incentive programme aimed at attacking common acts of aggression.
The manual is written in very simple language, and is fun and easy to read. The tips and exercises provide an opportunity for introspection and reflection, as students contemplate where they are now and what they want to do in the future.
It explores topics such as: accepting and appreciating one’s self; maintaining a high self-esteem and a sense of responsibility; having the right attitude; setting attainable goals within a logical framework; practising good time management; steps to optimism and positivism; peer pressure and the drug abuse problem; and preparing for the workplace.
Copies are available at bookstores islandwide at a cost of about $300.