Youngsters bemoan state of Lloyds Pen
Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
LLOYDS PEN, St Catherine:KEINO GAYLE and Garnett Bramwell are two of the most promising youngsters living in Lloyds Pen, a small community located near Gutters, St Catherine.
Together, they have 17 subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, and both have represented their high schools in sports.
In fact, in addition to eight CSEC subjects, Gayle, who was an invaluable member of the Clarendon-based Garvey Maceo Technical High School's daCosta Cup team in his last two years at the institution, has three subjects in the Caribbean Advancement Proficiency Examination Unit One, and is yet to collect the results for the three he sat in Unit Two this year.
"I want to go to college, but I don't have the money. I am looking for a job so I can work for one year and attend a college afterwards," the aspiring chartered accountant, who copped grade one in mathematics, told The Gleaner.
Saddened by the poor state of Lloyds Pen, where the roads are deplorable and there is no piped water, the youngster, who served as president of the Mathematics Club in 2010, wants to settle elsewhere.
"I plan to move because I don't see a better life down here, so I am going out for it, and maybe if I can assist the community later, I will assist in whatever way I can," the 19-year-old said.
LOVES ARTS, SPORTS
Also a dancer, Gayle has performed at several of his school's concerts as well as in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's festival of the performing arts competitions with his community group, Lloyds Steppers. He also has a passion for sports and yearns to see a proper playing field in his community.
"I would like to see sports develop here because there are a lot of youngsters here. I want to see a nice playing field for the young people," he said.
Prior to spending the last two years at JosÚ MartÝ Technical High School, Bramwell, also 19 years old, attended Jonathan Grant and Tacius Golding High schools.
The quarter-miler, who developed his athletics skills at Spring Gardens All-Age, represented JosÚ MartÝ at the 2011 and 2012 Central Athletics Championships.
Bramwell was a member of JosÚ MartÝ's Class Two 4x400m bronze medal-winning team at the championships last year. He also won several medals during his primary school years.
Like Gayle, the aspiring agronomist, who wants to pursue tertiary studies at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education in Portland, lacks the necessary financial backing.
DREAM OF COLLEGE
"I got grade one in agriculture, which I love, and I really want to go to college, but I don't have the funds, so I want to work and save towards school," Bramwell shared with The Gleaner.
He, too, bemoans the state of Lloyds Pen.
"I would love to see my community better," he said.
Bramwell yearns for more economical development as well as recreational facilities for the youth.
"As the 2030 goal says for Jamaica, I want Lloyds Pen to become the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business," said Bramwell.
Both teenagers worked in the 2012 National Youth Service Summer Employment Programme. They have laudable aspirations and want to contribute to their community and country in a meaningful manner, but need opportunities to make their dreams become reality.