Noranda spends millions on education in St Ann
Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners' legal and property director, David Wong Ken, has said that education is essential to the development of Jamaica.
Wong Ken was speaking on Wednesday, August 20, at a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards ceremony at the Cardiff Hotel, Runaway Bay, to present bursaries worth $25,000 each and totalling $1.5 million to 64 outstanding students from 32 schools in Noranda's operating area communities.
In addition to the awards, the top regional achievers, Zorian Clarke and Silas Coley from Brown's Town Primary, were presented with a laptop each by the company.
Wong Ken also said that Noranda recognised its social responsibility to work with educational institutions to advance education, and that the company's community education outreach is valued at more than $14 million annually.
This included the GSAT awards, a major tertiary and university bursary offered to students from the community, a summer work-experience programme for some 100 students, summer camps for 300 children in cricket and netball training and development, maintenance of Jamaica50 scholarships, and an education fair held on Friday, August 15, designed to help students transit from one school level to another.