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Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM

'Place more emphasis on civics' - JCDC head

Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Delroy Gordon is calling for more emphasis to be placed on civics in schools.

The move, he said, would greatly assist in promoting positive values and attitudes, respect, and civic pride among students.

"When I used to attend school, we had a book called Civics for Young Jamaicans. That book would teach us how to be good citizens," he noted.

Gordon was addressing the opening ceremony for the second annual conference of the JCDC's Culture Clubs at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, last Tuesday.

Civics, which addresses the rights and duties of citizens, was reintroduced in 12 schools during the 2012-2013 academic year, with the teachings of National Hero Marcus Garvey forming a major component of the curriculum. The content was integrated into various subjects.

First Beach Safety and Security

Watch launched

Jamaica's first Beach Safety and Security Watch was launched recently at the Greenwich Farm Fishing Village in Kingston.

The watch is a subset of the Neighbourhood Watch programme, which is driven by the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It involves the local police, fisherfolk and other stakeholders working in partnership for the safety and security of users and occupants of the beach.

Speaking at the launch, held at the fishing village, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Terrence Bent said that Jamaica's beaches and fishing villages have moved away from fishing and leisure activities, and this has presented many challenges.

"These challenges have confronted the Jamaican public in several ways. Every year, the JCF seizes many illegal firearms on the street, which are involved in over 70 per cent of the murders in the country. We have come to accept that a large number of these firearms come to our country off the coastline and, in some cases, our fishing villages," he said.