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Cultural education intensifies - Ministry seeks to show J'cans importance of Blue, John Crow Mountains

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord
Amina Blackwood Meeks
Dr Patricia Green speaks at the workshop.
Dr Susan Otuukon (left) and Debra Kay Palmer, who had a major role in organising the workshop.
Marlon Williams, senior education officer in the Ministry of Education, speaking at last week’s workshop held at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston.

This is the final part of an article on a heritage workshop held last week. The first part was published last Friday.

Jamaicans need to be educated about the importance of the Blue and John Crow Mountains (BJCM). It is important to the Maroons in the area, the island as a whole and, now that it has been inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site (WHS), to the world. Visitors are welcome to the area.

That message came loud and clear in a two-day workshop organised by the Ministry of Youth and Culture at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston, last week. Just as clearly came the message that visitors to the BCJM have to be law-abiding.

There was an ominous note in the voice of Dr Susan Otuokon, executive director of the Jamaica Conservation