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Young people to represent Jamaica in China

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WITH THE aim of promoting awareness in the fields of culture, education, and health, among other areas, a group of young people will be included in a delegation that will represent Jamaica at the Meeting of the World Federation of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCCA) in Beijing, China, later this month.

UNESCO is a specialised agency of the United Nations and was formed to contribute to peace and security by promoting international cooperation among its member and associate member states in the fields of education, science, culture, and communication. Each member state is required to set up a national commission whose role is to foster activities in their respective countries that are in line with the ideals of UNESCO. The chairperson for the national commission in Jamaica is Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna and the secretary-general is Everton Hannam.

Following a presentation to two members of the group yesterday by Hanna, Keisha Tomlinson, who will be attending the event, noted that it would be a good opportunity to exchange best practices.

"UNESCO is an international organisation, and so when we go, we are representing our country. Not very often do persons get these opportunities, so it's a proud moment for us," she told The Gleaner at the ministry's offices in New Kingston yesterday.

Monique Clarke, another member of the team, echoed similar sentiments, indicating that it is always a good feeling to represent Jamaica in a positive light.

"More than 400 persons will be there from various countries, so this is grand. It's another opportunity to raise the flag high and be ambassadors for the country. We are also very grateful to the minister (Hanna) for supporting the initiative," the attorney said.