Thu | Dec 13, 2018

D&G Foundation pumps $4.2m into HEART youth programme

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Floyd Green (centre), state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, shares in a photo op with (from left) Garth Williams, sustainability manager, Red Stripe; Dr Marcia Rowe-Amonde, senior director, TVET Development and Support System, HEART Trust-NTA; Noel daCosta, chairman, Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation; and Rhoda Crawford, education services director, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, following the D&G Foundation HEART Trust-NTA cheque handover ceremony at the JFLL headquarters on South Camp Road.
Floyd Green (centre), state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in conversation with Garth Williams (left), sustainability manager, Red Stripe, and Noel daCosta, chairman, Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation.
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The education ministry is heaping praises on the Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation for its ongoing support of the development of the nation's youth following a donation of $4.2 million to the HEART Trust-NTA's CXC Night Academy programme. More than 500 students across the island will benefit from the donation.

At the recent cheque handover, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, lauded the D&G Foundation for its stake in harnessing education as a tool for national development.

"I applaud this partnership and really thank the D&G Foundation for remaining true to its mandate. I can tell you, across the length and breadth of Jamaica, the lives of people will be made better," he said.

The foundation presented the cheque at the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) headquarters on South Camp Road. Under the partnership between HEART Trust and the D&G Foundation, 515 students will be able to resit CSEC mathematics and English language in May-June 2018 free of cost.

 

GREAT STEPPING STONE

 

An ecstatic beneficiary, Samantha Taylor expressed her joy at the opportunity.

"This is a great stepping stone for persons out there who need the help, and the teachers are amazing," she said.

For Taylor and her colleagues, the HEART Trust-NTA CXC Night Academy is a chance to chase their dreams and achieve financial stability for themselves and their families. The students have big ambitions, including hopes of joining the Jamaica Defense Force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Ministry of Education as they seek to contribute to national development.

Garth Williams, sustainability manager, Red Stripe, said the investment was inspired by the foundation's desire to foster community development.

"We see education as a crucial tool that will help propel these students to achieve future success, so they can, in turn, contribute to the development of their communities and help others do the same along the way," said Williams.

Since the 2008 launch of D&G Foundation's Learning for Life initiative, Red Stripe has invested a total of $161 million towards the development of Jamaica's youth. The company seeks to strengthen this through a yearly partnership with the HEART Trust-NTA.