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  • Three schools in the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary are participating in an educational programme, titled 'The River of Life Programme', geared at cultural exchange, environmental education and computer literacy.
  • The schools, York Castle High and Moneague Primary & Junior High in St. Ann, and Iona High in St. Mary, have formed educational links with a number of organizations including, the Little World Schoolhouse, the Jeanne and Gordon Shepard Family Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, the Jamaica Minnesota Organisation, and the Center for Global Environmental Education, based at Hamline University in the United States of America.
  • Desmond Campbell from York Castle High, Howard Isaacs from Moneague Primary and Junior High and Gillian Channer from Iona High visited Minnesota in the US from July to August last year, where they participated in the programme.

Three schools in the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary are participating in an educational programme, titled ‘The River of Life Programme’, geared at cultural exchange, environmental education and computer literacy.The schools, York Castle High and Moneague Primary & Junior High in St. Ann, and Iona High in St. Mary, have formed educational links with a number of organizations including, the Little World Schoolhouse, the Jeanne and Gordon Shepard Family Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, the Jamaica Minnesota Organisation, and the Center for Global Environmental Education, based at Hamline University in the United States of America.

Desmond Campbell from York Castle High, Howard Isaacs from Moneague Primary and Junior High and Gillian Channer from Iona High visited Minnesota in the US from July to August last year, where they participated in the programme. This year the programme will involve a host of activities at the FDR Hotel in Runaway Bay, St. Ann from April 19 to 26. York Castle’s representative, Desmond Campbell said “the week’s activities, under the heading ‘River Institute’, is envisaged to include field trips to water-related attractions for two days, before involving the participants in an intensive course of website building, geared toward a lucrative exchange that will result in better administration of environmental education in the participating countries”.

He added that the participants would also be exploring ideas that might be pursued between the Jamaican and American schools via the Internet, “and website building for mounting experiences, as well as for future interaction, are also planned”.
Mr. Campbell said, “a few science teachers, along with four students from York Castle High, will be invited to participate in the week’s activities” He further informed that on April 25, a closing ceremony in the form of a banquet “will be organised at FDR or HEART Hotel and Training Institute, Runaway Bay, where highlights from the week’s activities will be featured”. He said representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will be invited.