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  • The programme is part of activities for the 21st annual staging of the Homecoming Week celebrations.
  • The programme, along with Homecoming Week 2013, will be officially launched by the Minister of Education.
  • CEO of the Foundation, George Watson, told JIS News that the empowerment programme aims to motivate students.

Thousands of students from primary and secondary schools in St. Elizabeth will participate in an Empowerment Programme to kick start the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Week of activities.

The programme, to run from November 11 to 29, is part of activities for the 21st annual staging of the Homecoming Week celebrations, organised by the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation Limited.

The programme, along with Homecoming Week 2013, will be officially launched by the Minister of Education, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites, on Friday, November 15, at the Lacovia High School in St. Elizabeth, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation, George Watson, told JIS News that the empowerment programme aims to motivate students. He said that a number of outstanding persons from St. Elizabeth have been selected to spend a day at about 70 schools in the parish to share their personal experiences with the students and teachers.

“We are covering all the high schools and primary schools and we expect that this programme will impact about 50,000 students,” he said.

Some of the speakers assigned and their schools are: Commissioner, Correctional Services, Jevene Bent to Leeds Primary School; Ms. Ingrid Card to Elderslie Primary and Junior High School; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ray Palmer to Leeds Primary School; Ms Ardith Forbes to Sandy Banks Primary; Laurna Wint to Morning Side Primary School and President of Trevor Hamilton & Associates, Dr. Trevor Hamilton to Munro College.

Mr. Watson explained that the speakers will also be discussing various topics with the students during their presentations, including leadership, discipline and respect in schools; the importance of acquiring a good education; conflict resolution; and the role of law and order in the creation of an orderly society.

The CEO said the empowerment sessions, which have been conducted for the past 17 years, have had a positive impact on schools in the parish.

“From our experiences, at some of the schools where we send our speakers there has been a jump in the assessment of the students, about 30 to 40 per cent. They want to be like the presenters,” he said.

Additionally, Mr. Watson said the sessions have had a positive influence on the students, noting that the “number of disruptive students is pretty low” in the parish.