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JC Museum now open

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Marjorie Henriques, Ainsley Henriques, Senator Ruel Reid, William 'Billy' Heaven, and Education Minister Ronald Thwaites exchange ideas at last Thursday's opening of the JC Museum. - Brian McCalla/Freelance Photographer

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

The atmosphere at the Jamaica College (JC) in St Andrew was engulfed in feelings of joy last Thursday for the official opening of the JC Museum.

Senator Ruel Reid, principal of Jamaica College, expressed how elated he was to see the opening of the museum and lauded all who contributed to making its development possible.

He also stated that JC had seen a gradual increase in the quality of education over the years.

"We will enter the realm of the top 10 and will be competing with the girls'schools in academic performance starting in 2015," Reid said.

"We will be seeing some very outstanding performances going forward, based on the quality of the students and teaching that we now have at JC. I thank all the members of this museum project and all the persons who have been involved," he said.

preserving triumphs

William 'Billy' Heaven, chief executive officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Science and Education Fund, also noted why his organisation chose to be a part of this initiative.

"It is only fitting that the triumphs and achievements of the students, some of whom have served this country with distinction, should be preserved and displayed for the benefit of all. Providing a history of the evolution of secondary education in Jamaica was one of the stated objectives of this project, but I think it runs beyond that" he said.

"I think, more importantly, this museum should serve as a model for current students and help frame the future for those who will attend this institution over time", Heaven continued.

"One of the defaults we have in Jamaica and particularly in our education system is the lack of appreciation of the history of our institutions and, yes, there are slight publications regarding the history of various schools and indeed the very programme this afternoon is helpful in recording the skeleton of history of Jamaica's education" he said.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites noted that, in many cases, Jamaicans have the habit of discounting and leaving unappreciated the successes of our history, and we feel that we are the children of Ham, that there is nothing happening and that there is in fact a problem for every solution and a skeleton in every closet.

"The history that is recorded in your museum is an antidote to all of that, for what it will do is for generations to tell a good and true story, the story of generosity of spirit, the story of real values being exhibited, not only by Charles Drax, but also the prodigious energy, thoughtfulness and commitment that are of eternal value and which raise up great institutions," he added.