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Annual conference prepares boys for future

Published:Saturday | November 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Donald Quarrie High School student Jahmel Baxter (right) demonstrates to students of Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High School how to tie their school ties properly as Evangelist Errol Rattray (second right) looks on during the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association Annual Boys' Conference 2014, which was held yesterday at the Eastwood Park Road New Testament Church of God. - Ian Allen/Photographer

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

THERE WAS an overwhelming response from more than 600 boys from several schools across the island yesterday to the 11th staging of the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association's (EREA) Annual Boys' Conference.

The conference was held at the Eastwood Park Road New Testament Church of God in St Andrew, under the theme 'Empowering Today's Boys for Effective Leadership Tomorrow'.

Errol Rattray, president and CEO of the EREA, stated that there has been nothing but positive feedback towards the conference over the years.

"Since inception, we realised a number of the boys were coming back to say thanks, as there were situations where they almost dropped out [of school] and had made a complete turnaround due to the conference," he told The Gleaner.

"People have also been making requests for a girls' conference, but when you look at it, in most of our schools, there are only female guidance counsellors; in our homes, it is the women who are guiding our boys; and at the university, most of those who are graduates are females," he said.

"We need to let these boys know that they are taking over in the future. So right now, we are investing in them to become leaders, and providing guidance. The story has been a success story so far, and their lives have been changed by coming, and we are very pleased to, yet again, continue this trend," Rattray said.

He pledged that the event would be bigger and better next year.

CONFERENCE - Donald Quarrie High School student Jahmel Baxter (right) demonstrates to
students of Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High School how to tie
their school ties properly as Evangelist Errol Rattray (second right)
looks on during the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association Annual Boys'
Conference 2014, which was held yesterday at the Eastwood Park Road New
Testament Church of God. - Ian Allen/Photographer