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UNESCO raises support to Ja despite budget cuts

Published:Saturday | November 26, 2016 | 11:00 AM

Four local entities have received close to $10 million in grant funding from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to carry out projects in the areas of music, gender, youth development and science.

The recipients are the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission for the revival of mento music; the Institute of Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies for research into contemporary masculinities; the Jamaica Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations for engaging youth in UNESCO-related activities; and the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO for its project geared at supporting the establishment of a new Caribbean Biosphere in the World Network of Biospheres.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange welcomed the funding.

She said that despite UNESCO budget cuts, Jamaica managed to secure a 10 per cent increase in financial support for projects from the organisation over the 2014-15 period.

"I believe that this has a lot to do with the work of our team at the (Jamaica) National Commission as well as the quality of the projects that we were able to endorse for funding consideration this year," said Grange at the cheque hand over ceremony at her office in New Kingston on Wednesday.