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Rita Marley Foundation competition finalists make courtesy call

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 1:40 PMShereita Grizzle

Finalists from the Rita Marley Foundation (RMF) Public Speaking and Essay Competitions recently made a courtesy call on the heads of the island’s top tertiary institutions where they were encouraged to pursue their dreams and contribute to nation building.

Bobby Francis (York Castle High School), Nastacia Linton (William Knibb Memorial High School) and Kuankera Wheatley (Wolmer's Girls' High School), all attended the session last week where they met Professor Stephen Vasciannie, President of the University of Technology (UTECH) and Professor Dale Webber, Pro Vice Chancellor of Graduate Studies at the University of the West Indies. 

The students were given the rare opportunity to quiz the leaders of both institutions on a number of issues affecting today’s youth including the state of the country’s education system and what the leaders of this country are doing to improve the quality of life for the nation’s most promising.

Following the session, Professor Vasciannie said he was impressed with the competitions started by the RMF as they challenge young people to think. He encouraged the students to continue pursuing their education because with it they would be unstoppable.

Professor Webber agreed with his colleague as he stressed the importance of education.

“Continue your education as far as possible. Make the best decisions. As you gain education, you'll be called upon to take decisions for your country. Don't walk away,” he said.

“Guard your education very carefully because it gives the opportunity to achieve whatever you want. Take education as a serious stepping stone. Your achievements at the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) Public Speaking and Essay Competitions, have put you one step ahead of other students and should be included on your resume' to stand out.”