$8 Million Allocated to Student Empowerment Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Education and Youth has earmarked $8 million to the Student Empowerment Programme for the new school year, which begins in September.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Maria Jones, told JIS News that the money would go towards providing resource material to assist secondary school students, who were benefit under the initiative.The Student Empowerment Programme, which began last year, seeks to provide compensatory learning experiences for those students, who have scored below a certain mark on the Grade Nine Achievement Test (GNAT).According to Mrs. Jones, the programme was designed for students, who have already had nine years of schooling, but would have not have attained a 9th grade level of achievement.“It is essentially a programme where we recognise that some of our youngsters, who are in the high school system, need a little bit more help, a little personalized help more than others. This programme has been structured to provide this additional help,” she informed.The objectives of the programme, she said, are: to teach students how to learn; develop positive self-esteem; make up learning deficits; acquire skills to prepare them to enter the job market and to move into the regular grade 10 programme.The Permanent Secretary explained that the key features of the Student Empowerment Programme were: routine visual and auditory screening, educational and psychological assessment, an adapted curriculum, enhanced classroom spaces, extended schooling, provision of appropriate support materials and smaller classes to facilitate individualized instruction.At the start of the programme, the students should be between 16 and 17 years and should previously have been enrolled in an all-age, primary or junior high school. They are placed in special classes of no more than 25 students, where they are taught English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies and Information Technology.In addition, each student is exposed to at least one technical subject, along with guidance and counselling, to emphasize personal development; health and family life education; and entrepreneurial skills; while a foreign language course, sports and games are taken with the general school population. Mrs. Jones noted that, “this programme extends the concept of the Competency Shelter, which has been the practice of the Ministry for some time”. $8 Million Allocated to Student Empowerment Programme UncategorizedAugust 17, 2006 Related$8 Million Allocated to Student Empowerment Programme Advertisementscenter_img Related$8 Million Allocated to Student Empowerment Programme Related$8 Million Allocated to Student Empowerment Programmelast_img read more

Minister Grange Salutes Caribbean Fashion Week

first_imgRelatedMinister Grange Salutes Caribbean Fashion Week Minister Grange Salutes Caribbean Fashion Week UncategorizedJune 16, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports says the Jamaican fashion industry is a very important aspect of Jamaican creative expression and that her administration is committed to supporting the industry and helping it grow. The Minister was speaking at a Press Conference held at the Hilton Kingston Hotel today to launch the eighth renewal of Caribbean Fashion Week.The Minister lauded Fashion Week as ‘the brainchild’ of Pulse CEO Kingsley Cooper, saying that he has demonstrated a professional approach to fashion that has helped Jamaica create a recognizable fashion signature that was recently celebrated by designer Uzuri receiving an award for Best Evening Gown in the Miss Universe 2008 competition.Saying that she was proud to endorse Caribbean Fashion Week and its producers, Mr. Cooper, Hillary Phillips and Romae Gordon. She reminded that Pulse has helped a host of Jamaican women including Nadine Willis, Jeanelle McKenzie, Carla Campbell and Nell Robinson to become international fashion models.The Minister praised Pulse and Cooper for using CFW to link with and showcase the work of designers in all Caribbean territories, singling out Trinidad and Barbados as two island nations that have made tremendous contributions to the high reputation of Caribbean fashion. She also welcomed the addition of designers from Africa, England, the USA and Romania, and said this showed how broad and important was the outreach of Caribbean Fashion Week.The Minister said that designers whose fashions will be exhibited at CFW are part of a thriving yet struggling Caribbean industry that employs many workers in manufacturing and marketing. She said she has had talks with Kingsley Cooper about the several needs of the industry and he has identified some of the most urgent needs as finding better methods of acquiring fabric for designers, as well as training in business management to enable them to maximize the industry’s economic potential.Minister Grange said that as her government works to secure the copyright and branding of Jamaica’s indigenous culture in all its formats, the fashion industry has staked its claim to be included as an important sector of the island’s creative industries. As such, she informed that her Ministry has employed a trained person to be a liaison between Government and the industry, to help identify problems that hamper the industry and their solutions.The Minister welcomed the Jamaican media, whom she said have always supported the fashion industry, highlighting designers as well as those who wear fashion well. She especially welcomed the foreign media, which this year includes Vogue, BBC, New York Daily news, the Associated Press and several others. A special media link with Fashion TV! will broadcast Caribbean Fashion Week live by satellite to 400 million households worldwide.The Minister also thanked the event’s sponsors for making it possible for CFW to be even bigger than it has ever been, and said she looked forward to attending the event as much as her schedule permitted. RelatedMinister Grange Salutes Caribbean Fashion Weekcenter_img RelatedMinister Grange Salutes Caribbean Fashion Week Advertisementslast_img read more

RADA to Build Capacity in 2015

first_imgPhoto: Donald DelahayeChief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, addresses a JIS ‘Think Tank’ . Story HighlightsThe strategic direction of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) for 2015 will be capacity building of its staff and realigning the agency to become more technical in its operations.This was stated by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RADA, Lenworth Fulton, when he addressed a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 10.The CEO said that RADA also assists farmers with marketing intelligence and extension services. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The strategic direction of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) for 2015 will be capacity building of its staff and realigning the agency to become more technical in its operations; improve crop and livestock production; and encourage new entrants to the sector, with greater focus on women and youth.This was stated by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RADA, Lenworth Fulton, when he addressed a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 10.“Our aim is to improve agricultural production and productivity in Jamaica, therefore we work with other agencies, such as the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), Jamaica 4-H Clubs,  the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and other agencies that fall under the Ministry of Agriculture, to ensure that farmers get the critical support that they need,”  Mr. Fulton said.“We are heavily involved in training of staff and farmers and we are the major implementers of projects, such as the climate adaptation and the drought mitigation projects,” he added.The CEO said that RADA also assists farmers with marketing intelligence and extension services.Meanwhile, Mr. Fulton  said the agency  had a very serious challenge last year with the drought, and that with government assistance, $50 million was made available to farmers, of which $20 million was spent on a system to develop a proper water source through rain water harvesting.He further noted that $30 million was spent on the open field operations, which assisted farmers who had started to produce and were struggling. They were assisted with tools, land preparation and seedlings.“That is why we were able to bounce back from the drought and produce enough vegetables and ground provision by the latter part of 2014,” the CEO said.With over 170,000 registered farmers, 98 extension officers, 60 agricultural assistants, 14 marketing officers, 13 social services and home economics officers and five livestock officers, RADA  is set to continue  its role as Jamaica’s chief agricultural extension and rural development agency, providing  services such as land husbandry, plant health and safety, post harvest techniques and on-farm irrigation. RelatedGovt Looking into Feasibility of Reviving Rice Cultivation Advertisementscenter_img RADA to Build Capacity in 2015JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RADA to Build Capacity in 2015 AgricultureFebruary 13, 2015Written by: Judith A. Hunter RelatedRADA CEO Urges Farmers to Prepare For Dry Season RelatedAgriculture Minister Expects Growth To Continuelast_img read more

Nigeria’s sick Chibok girls struggle with school in dispute over medical…

first_imgNaomi, 27, was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014. Image courtesy: Orijo Reporter Naomi, 27, was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014. Image courtesy: Orijo ReporterFor the past three weeks, Kolo Adamu has slept on the floor beside her daughter Naomi’s hospital bed in northeast Nigeria, unable to afford the surgery she needs for a kidney condition.Naomi, 27, was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, and among the 82 girls freed by the jihadists in May, adding to 24 others who were released or found last year.After months of counselling and medical care in the capital, Abuja, as part of a state rehabilitation program, the government sponsored the girls to start a special catch-up course in September at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola.Naomi and five of her Chibok classmates enrolled at the AUN are suffering due to injuries inflicted during their time in captivity – from shrapnel in their bodies to fractured bones – said Yakubu Nkeki of the Chibok parents’ association.Yet the government and the university are passing the buck on paying for their healthcare, according to the girls’ parents – mostly farmers – who say they are unable to cover the costs.“The school said that they are not responsible, that the government is supposed to take care of everything,” Naomi’s mother Adamu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.“At first, the hospital gave her drip and medicine, but for the past four days they haven’t given her any because they said the medicine is finished,” added Adamu, who said she feels helpless and cries every time her daughter screams in pain.“The doctor has not shown up. I am confused.”A spokeswoman for the ministry of women’s affairs said the school fees paid by the government include medical bills.“The federal government has handed over the girls to their parents after paying their school fees and everything,” said Suleiman Dantsoho. “The school should take care of her (Naomi).”The AUN could not immediately be reached for comment.“This is not the reality we arranged with President Buhari,” said Nkeki, chairman of the Chibok parents’ association.“They said they will take care of our daughters … make sure that they don’t suffer again,” he added.“BURDEN”The pain in Naomi’s abdomen began in captivity, but a doctor kidnapped by Boko Haram treated her with medicine, she said.Naomi was referred to a government hospital in Yola last month after a scan at the AUN’s clinic revealed that she had a kidney condition, and the school’s doctor recommended surgery.“The pain is too much. Anything I eat, I vomit,” Naomi said over the phone, her voice weak and barely audible.Their three weeks together in hospital is the longest period Naomi and her mother have spent together since the abduction, which sparked an international outcry and a viral campaign on social media with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.But each day has been fraught with pain and tears.Sometimes, the pain in her abdomen is so intense that Naomi rolls about on the floor or soaks herself in cold water.“She told me that if she knew her health would be such a burden on me, she would have stayed back in the forest,” said Adamu, who had to rely on donations to pay for the five-hour journey from Chibok to Yola. “That statement pained me so much.”Naomi worries about her mother, and tries to console her.“If they will not pay my medical bill then they should allow me back in school, so that she can go back to Chibok,” she said.last_img read more

Swans bring the changes

first_imgA breath of fresh air is coming from Casey Fields as Casey-South Melbourne gears up for the Victorian Premier Cricket…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Nick Creely last_img