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  • The symposium, which will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will also be streamed live to the public on the Facebook pages of the partner agencies – PIOJ; Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Citizen Security and Justice Programme III (CSJP-III); Jamaica Public Service (JPS); National Housing Trust (NHT); Social Development Commission (SDC); USAID and FHI 360 through Local Partner Development.
  • Mr. Clayton pointed out that the symposium will see coordination and collaboration among development specialists and other practitioners, who will share their perspective on what works best.
  • The public may utilise the social media platforms of the various partners to share their views, send questions and keep up to date on all the development projects and initiatives being undertaken.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and its partners will be hosting the third edition of the Symposium on Best Practices in Social and Community Development on Wednesday, November 14, at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The symposium, which will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will also be streamed live to the public on the Facebook pages of the partner agencies – PIOJ; Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Citizen Security and Justice Programme III (CSJP-III); Jamaica Public Service (JPS); National Housing Trust (NHT); Social Development Commission (SDC); USAID and FHI 360 through Local Partner Development.

Themed ‘Operationalising Best Practices at the Policy, Programme and Community Levels’, the symposium will provide an opportunity for practitioners and stakeholders in social and community development and residents of the targeted communities to have discussions on successful strategies and actions for tackling critical development issues.

Speaking with JIS News, Programme Director of the PIOJ’s Community Renewal Programme (CRP), Charles Clayton, said this year’s symposium will feature discussions and presentations on parenting and family; livelihoods; transformation of the physical environment; and safety and security.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, will deliver the keynote address, followed by presentations and discussions with Minister of Education, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid; anthropologist at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Herbert Gayle; CEO of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC),  Kaysia Kerr; Psychological Services Coordinator at CSJP III, Dr. Melva Spence; representatives from the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, the CEO, Rowhan Blake, and the Local Economic Development Officer, Damion Young; and Researcher in Alternative Energy at the Caribbean Maritime University, Herman Shim.

Mr. Clayton pointed out that the symposium will see coordination and collaboration among development specialists and other practitioners, who will share their perspective on what works best.

“If you learn only from yourself, then you would not have learnt much… . It works well to hear what others are doing, as this allows you to open up your mind and broaden your perspective and become even more creative,” the Programme Director said.

He encouraged all Jamaicans, particularly community groups, youth clubs, charities, churches, policymakers and other key stakeholders to “participate in the symposium”.

“Find out how you can get involved and how you can help in the community development process to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” Mr. Clayton said.

The public may utilise the social media platforms of the various partners to share their views, send questions and keep up to date on all the development projects and initiatives being undertaken.