General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Desmond Malcolm, has stated the corporation’s commitment to the advancement of education in Jamaica.
Speaking at the UDC’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards luncheon held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on August 8, Mr. Malcolm said the corporation has certainly played its part in developing Jamaica’s educational infrastructure since its establishment in 1968.
He informed that the accomplishments include the construction of 17 new schools under the North-western Schools Programme, where over 16,000 new school spaces were created in St. James, Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland.
The General Manager said other initiatives include remedial reading workshops, parenting seminars, leadership training sessions, healthy lifestyles clinics, road safety demonstrations and values and attitudes programmes.
“We, at the UDC, subscribe to the belief that it does take a village to raise a child and we are therefore committed to play our part in nurturing and supporting the hope for the future, that our students and children represent,” he said.
Mr. Malcolm noted that while the UDC is a technically-oriented corporation, it also plays an integral role in improving the socio-economic and cultural life of Jamaicans, including staff members and their families.
During the luncheon, 22 students, who sat the 2012 GSAT, were honoured for their outstanding performance. The students, whose parents are employed to the corporation, were presented with gift vouchers of $10,000 each during the award function.
The UDC is one of the leading urban and rural development agencies in the Caribbean.
Since 1968, it has sought to transform Jamaica's most viable urban centres and strategic rural towns, whilst preserving the natural environment and spurring economic development.
The core business objective of the UDC is to make development happen through the planning and implementation of comprehensive projects and programmes in designated areas.