The St. James-based Chetwood Memorial Primary School has emerged victorious in the Montego Co-operative Credit Union (MCCU) Schools’ Academic Championship Quiz, retaining the trophy, which the institution first won in 2012.Chetwood edged another St. James team, Green Pond Primary School, in the closely contested finals held on Wednesday, June 26, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre. Bethel Primary and Junior High School in Hanover was third.More than 16 primary and junior high, all age and preparatory schools from the western region participated in the annual competition, which tests the students’ knowledge and skills in various subject areas. The objectives are to sharpen the students’ academic and intellectual responses, build camaraderie, and promote good conduct and a spirit of fair play.The top schools and their coaches walked away with MCCU Championship Trophies, MCCU Medallions, savings certificates, watches, cellular phones, computers and printers, gift packages, meal vouchers, televisions, and complimentary stay at various resorts.An elated team captain, Mark Brown, credited the school’s victory to hard work and dedication to their studies.Teacher at the school, Yvonne Froyze, expressed the hope that the school’s second hold on the trophy will motivate the student population to always strive for the best and will also serve to increase literacy levels.Co-ordinator of the competition, Lorna Clarke, told JIS News that a key objective of the quiz, now in its 21st year, is to encourage saving at a young age, as the students are given incentives to open bank accounts.She commended the various sponsors of the competition for contributing to the academic growth of the country’s students.“Each year, we go back to the same business community, and they are always willing and ready to assist us. We couldn’t have done this without them,” Ms. Clarke said.President of the Senate, Hon. Floyd Morris, who delivered the main address, encouraged the students to take their education seriously.“Education is the critical means for social transformation, and empowerment in any society. It is that ingredient that empowers any individual, and makes them able to deal with the various offerings of the society,” he stated.Contact: Garfield L. Angus
Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Dr. Dwayne Vernon, says the agency continues to carry out its mandate to facilitate the economic progress of communities in order to advance national development. Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Dr. Dwayne Vernon, says the agency continues to carry out its mandate to facilitate the economic progress of communities in order to advance national development.He noted that the entity has mapped and identified 775 communities in which it is working to support development.“Development has to be local,” Mr. Vernon said. “People must be involved. For persons to get involved they have to be invited… they have to be made to feel a part of the process… and they must be embraced. This is why we start at the community level,” he said.He was addressing the SDC’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day under the theme ‘Guiding the Change… Shaping the Future of Community Development’, at Addison Park in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, on February 9.Mr. Vernon said that as the primary community development agency working in Jamaica, the SDC is the only place where data can be found at a local level.He noted that any other statistic that is gathered would be done at a national level “where you would have to extrapolate. That would mean using national data to try and develop a local space”.He informed that there has been significant progress in making demographic, social, economic, spatial, governance and institutional information on communities available and accessible to citizens, communities, policymakers and other stakeholders, both national and international.“This is done through the development of community profiles, community priority plans, maps and listings of institutions and infrastructure,” he pointed out.Dr. Vernon explained that GIS Day provides an opportunity for the SDC, through its Community Research and Database Programme (CRDP), to share and promote the use of GIS technology to aid in the planning and development of communities.“The CRDP programme focuses mainly on the development and updating of community data to be used as the basis for planning, project development and evaluation,” he informed.“The goal of the programme is to establish and maintain a database of community maps and profiles, comprising spatial, social, economic, governance and environmental information as the basis for planning. The objectives of the programme are to contribute to the knowledge of the socio-economic situations of communities; manifestations of poverty and development challenges being faced by the communities, as well as to provide disaggregated data to inform policy and programme design at the local and national levels,” Mr. Vernon explained. Story Highlights Mr. Vernon said that as the primary community development agency working in Jamaica, the SDC is the only place where data can be found at a local level. “Development has to be local,” Mr. Vernon said. “People must be involved. For persons to get involved they have to be invited… they have to be made to feel a part of the process… and they must be embraced. This is why we start at the community level,” he said.
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