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Schools get $250,000 educational initiative

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:53 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:

An ambitious Excellence in Education Initiative, valued at $250,000.00, was launched by The Rotary Club of Falmouth last week as part of its bold bid to assist schools in northern Trelawny to strive to attain higher standards.

Speaking at the launch, which was attended by 19 schools, the club’s president, Claude Thompson, said his club was motivated by a desire to incentivise the education process in the schools as a way of improving the overall output of students and teachers.

“We at the Club are aware that the world is becoming increasingly knowledge-based and it was important that children be given avenues and opportunities to maximise their potential to compete in a globalised world," Thompson said.

He said the club was aware that the schools have resource constraints and with Rotary worldwide focusing on education, it was not difficult for the Rotary Club of Falmouth to come up with the Excellence in Education Initiative. 

The initiative will take the form of a Literacy and Numeracy Test Competition, from which cash prizes and the ‘Paul Donald Burke Trophy’ will be the main awards.

Paul Burke is an outstanding Rotarian, who had the enviable distinction of receiving Rotary's highest award, the Paul Harris Fellow.

Victor Wright, the member of parliament for North Trelawny, who was present at the launch, praised the initiative and told the teachers that he too was heavily focused on education.

"I am so tuned into education that I have allocated 40 per cent or $8 million from my constituency development fund towards ensuring that students maximise their potential. It is the gateway to a society of success," said Wright.

In looking to the future, Thompson said the Rotary Club of Falmouth, which is celebrating its 14th year, will always be involved in education as a pathway to influence students positively.

“This initiative will help them (the students) to partner with their teachers in preparing themselves to be leaders of tomorrow fully equipped to take their places in this globalised world," said Thompson.