JTA remembers its roots
It was the vision of educators in the 1960s that saw five teachers' associations being merged to later form the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA).
With its roots firmly grounded at the Mizpah Primary School in the parish, the association made it its duty to return to the place where it was partially formed to celebrate its founders and rededicate the body.
Among some of the accomplishments of the JTA are being responsible for the training of school teachers and the establishment of infant schools, raising the school leaving age, ensuring the proper moral training of children and denouncing every attempt made to curtail educational privileges..
"...The prominence of this organisation epitomises the combined hard work, dedication, sacrifice and sincere commitment from unselfish individuals ... ," said Mayor of Mandeville Donovan Mitchell.
Salute to tenacity
He congratulated them on 53 years of vision, fortitude, tenacity and fixity of purpose, adding that the association continues to be a beacon of hope for the teachers of the land.
With teachers sometimes making it easier for police officers to do their jobs through the moulding of young minds, Inspector Lloyd Darby of the Manchester police, lauded the pool of professionals for their work in instilling values.
"Teachers play the greatest role in nation building across the world, and in our reality in Jamaica with all the challenges that come mostly from a lack of proper parenting, our teachers have to play many roles in the school ... I want to encourage teachers to continue despite the adversities ... your role is most important," said Inspector Darby.
President of the JTA, Howard Isaacs urged the educators to continue to move in unity.
"As the current president, I want you to recognise that once more, I am asking God to watch over us as we face the days ahead; as we seek to continue to unite and serve .... the teachers of Jamaica stand ready to do our part," Isaacs told the gathering.
Guest speaker and executive director of the Institute of Jamaica, Vivian Crawford, spoke to the tangible and intangible heritage of teachers.
The dedication service saw the unveiling of a monument, a special planting of a time capsule with special emblems that will be opened in 2044 and the planting of a pear tree.