- Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring Jamaicans to use the annual observance of Labour Day to beautify, protect and build the country through voluntarism.
- “Every year we celebrate this day... it should not be a day where we stay home and take it as a holiday. It should be a day when each of us comes out of our homes and we work together to build our nation,” the Prime Minister said.
- Mr. Holness was speaking at the Papine High School in St. Andrew on Thursday (May 23) where he joined scores of volunteers to beautify the school grounds and install safety features.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring Jamaicans to use the annual observance of Labour Day to beautify, protect and build the country through voluntarism.
“Every year we celebrate this day… it should not be a day where we stay home and take it as a holiday. It should be a day when each of us comes out of our homes and we work together to build our nation,” the Prime Minister said.
Mr. Holness was speaking at the Papine High School in St. Andrew on Thursday (May 23) where he joined scores of volunteers to beautify the school grounds and install safety features.
Papine High School was one of four national Labour Day projects under the theme ‘Child Safety… it’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we!’ The others were Holland Primary School in St Elizabeth, Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland and the Barrett Town All-age/John Rollins Primary School in St. James.
Mr. Holness encouraged Jamaicans to help ensure the safety of the nation’s children through the installation of cross walks that are properly painted and have reflectors; and renovating, repairing or de-bushing play areas in communities, among other things.
He lauded all the volunteers at the Papine High School and across the nation for giving of their time and efforts on Labour Day.
“This is a day that is meaningful, and what we are doing at Papine High School will make it safer for our children. I want to thank our sponsors and partners, who have consistently been with us, and I want to acknowledge the great work being done by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in putting together the annual Labour Day projects,” he said.
In her remarks, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, reminded Jamaicans that child safety must be sustained.
“It is not just for today… . We must continue to protect our children as they go to and from school, on the roads, and in our communities. We are signatories to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and we must always ensure that we protect them,” she said.
For his part, Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, lauded Jamaicans for “putting work into Labour Day”.
He said the day “embodies a sense of civic responsibility, without which no nation can be properly built, and it embodies the spirit of voluntarism, which many times people ignore but should never be forgotten”.
Principal at Papine High, Leighton Christie, expressed appreciation for the works being undertaken at the institution.
These include placement of a pedestrian crossing in front of the school gate, painting existing curb walls; marking out areas for construction of sidewalks; installation of signs; de-bushing and clearing of area at the rear of the school; heightening of block wall; construction of chain-link fence, among other things. Some of the activities will continue after Labour Day.
Others turning out to participate in the project include Minister of Science, Energy and Technology and Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern, Hon. Fayval Williams; Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams; Vice Chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Dr. Lucien Jones; General Manager, JN Foundation, Onyka Barrett; Deputy Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica, Vicente Teran; Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Josep Bosch Bessa; and Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade.
More than 700 projects were registered for Labour Day 2019. Activities will culminate with a Praise and Worship concert at Emancipation Park.