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Education Ministry endorses New Vision Civics

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2022 | 12:08 AM

Author, Joanne Simpson (second left) gave copies of her book to Manning’s High School.  Sharing in the occasion (from left) are Moses Chybar, chairman of the School Board, students Casey-Ann Coote and Khamali Scott; President of Past Student Association
Author, Joanne Simpson (second left) gave copies of her book to Manning’s High School. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are Moses Chybar, chairman of the School Board, students Casey-Ann Coote and Khamali Scott; President of Past Student Association, Western Chapter, Roger Walcott, and Vice-Principal Sharon Thorpe.

New Vision Civics, by Joanne Simpson, has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture as necessary for the education system.

“The coverage gives context to Jamaica’s social, economic, and political development. It looks at our journey through challenges and highlights our many victories, which is used as a source of inspiration,” Simpson said. “It is difficult to imagine democracy without solid civic education.”

Simpson describes the book as a composite of her life’s work and an update on Jamaica’s civic affairs, trends, and its response to global issues such as respect for the environment, alternative energy, water management, and COVID-19.

“Civics in schools is an excellent genesis for creating an informed society and a healthy democracy,” she said. “Civics education in schools and the wider society is a major social intervention as an informed society is easier to govern and fosters greater stability in the country.”

New Vision Civics has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education as a civics textbook for grades seven to nine; a resource book for students of history, social studies, and culture; and also for teachers in training.

It is available at Kingston Bookshop and Sangster’s Bookstore and leading outlets across Jamaica. Digital books are also available at www.joannesimpsonjm.com.