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Inner-city youths, adults benefit from literacy programme

Published:Saturday | December 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Peta-Gaye Levine-Thomas (front row, left), marketing manager of the Jamaica Biscuit Company Limited, and Education Minister Ronald Thwaites applaud the lifelong learners for embracing the opportunity to pursue basic numeracy and literacy programmes with the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning.

MORE THAN 100 youths and adult learners from Majesty Gardens, Seaview Gardens, and Waterhouse are to benefit from a 12-month numeracy and literacy programme designed by the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), an agency of the Ministry of Education.

The programme is being funded at a cost of $500,000 by the Jamaica Biscuit Company Limited (Jambisco), as part of its social and community building project for communities in the Three Miles area, near to its manufacturing operations on Spanish Town Road.

Jambisco officially handed over the scholarships to the 100 learners at a ceremony held recently at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St Catherine.

Endorsing the lifelong learning initiative for the selected youths and adults, Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites noted that investments in education rank among the best business decisions which companies make. He urged more local businesses to put money into developing the country's human capital. "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance," said Thwaites as he made a plea for more private-public-sector partnerships to boost education.

The education minister urged the participants to use the next 12 months of learning to realise new personal milestones so that they can better serve their families and communities.

Marketing manager of Jambisco, Peta-Gaye Levine-Thomas, in announcing her company's support, said her team firmly believed that, through the initiative, the lives of beneficiaries would be changed forever.

HELP NATIONAL DRIVE

She said the learners will pursue the numeracy and literacy programmes at the JFLL adult educational centres on East Street, Bell Road, Mandela Terrace, at St Mary the Virgin Church, at Boys' Town, and at Darling Street.

"We are acutely aware that it is initiatives like these which will help in the national drive to accomplish the national and international UNESCO goal of education for all. This will support national economic and social development in the thrust towards Jamaica's Vision 2030 goals," said the Jambisco executive.

Deputy executive director of the JFLL, Dr Grace Munroe, lauded Jambisco for its tangible support to uplift the people in the selected communities and to transform their lives. Dr Munroe said investing in human capital was a wise business decision which would reap multiple benefits for Jamaica.

She announced that the lifelong learning programmes were specially designed to help learners to matriculate to pursue their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and technical and vocational courses at the HEART Trust/National Training Agency.