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  • Learning a foreign language enables students to expand opportunities
  • JIS is one of the sponsors of the ‘Teach the Youth’ outreach programme

Director of Production, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Enthrose Campbell, is encouraging Jamaican students to learn a second language.

She said that learning a foreign language enables students to relate to other cultures, expand opportunities for employment and scholarships, and sharpen skills in their own language.

“Learning a foreign language is key. Listen to your teachers and open your minds to learning it. My English got better when I learnt Spanish,” she said.

Miss Campbell, who is a certified Spanish translator, was addressing students attending summer classes at the Sandy Park Basic School in St. Andrew on Thursday, July 18, under the ‘Teach the Youth’ outreach project organised by the University of Technology’s (UTech) Students’ Union.

Miss Campbell, who spoke on the topic: ‘The Importance of Learning a Second Language,’ said that through her knowledge of Spanish, she has been able to travel to a number of countries, including Colombia, where she was able to impart the Jamaican culture.

Miss Campbell engaged the group of 10 to 18 year olds in a lively session, which was conducted in both English and Spanish.

She asked them to observe a moment of silence in honour of Nelson Mandela Day, which was observed on July 18.

The JIS is one of the sponsors of the ‘Teach the Youth’ outreach programme, which is being undertaken in five communities in the vicinity of the university – Highlight View, August Town, Kintyre, Tavern, and Sandy Park.

The programme, which is in its second of three weeks, is receiving the support of a number of volunteers, including Shinair Smith, who is supervisor for teaching and lesson plans.

“I enrolled with UTech’s Earn and Study Programme and I wanted to give back to a community, so I decided to volunteer for this project. It has taught me patience, and, at the end of the day you feel a sense of accomplishment,” she told JIS News.

Ms. Smith said the programme is a good one and should be longer.

“We definitely need more time. Three weeks is not enough. Some of the students need more help in this kind of setting,” she stated.

Ms. Smith said she is impressed with the work being done by the UTech student body, and cited on the important role being played by the sponsors, including JIS.

Also yesterday, Director of Corporate Services, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Errol Gardner, spoke to students attending classes at the McLeod Basic School in Highlight View, about the importance of participating in sports.

The outreach project is set to end with a closing ceremony and Sports Day on July 26 at UTech.

Details of the programme can be found on the Students’ Union website at www.utechstudentsunion.com.