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Bog Walk CDC awards GSAT standouts

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison
Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government Colin Fagan (centre) and Karen Sudu (left), vice-president, Bog Walk Community Development Committee and Ripton McLean, (right) president, Bog Walk CDC, along with award recipients.

BOG WALK, St Catherine:

The Bog Walk Community Development Committee (CDC), in its quest to build better lives and sustainable communities, has embarked on an academic excellence programme aimed at recognising students in Bog Walk and adjoining communities who have excelled beyond the ordinary in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

The CDC recently unveiled its academic excellence programme at an awards ceremony under the theme 'Unity, Commitment and Sacrifice Guarantee Success' at the New Life Tabernacle Church in Bog Walk.

At this inaugural launch, five students, Larnone Bramwell and Payton Downer from Lucky Valley, Britney Edwards from Spring Vale, Chardonnay Esson from Tulloch, and Janae Lewis from Giblatore primary schools were singled out for their extraordinary performances in this year's GSAT and awarded $10,000 each to assist them with their back-to-school preparations.

President of the CDC Ripton McLean said the committee is committed to changing the social fabric of Bog Walk and adjoining communities by concentrating on education.

"A mission ought to have a vision if you want to go somewhere; you must know how you are going to get there, hence the Bog Walk CDC is equipped with its own mandate and vision," McLean stated, adding that the CDC is playing out its mission statement of 'Building sustainable communities: building better lives'.

He said the CDC is working with a diverse population through volunteerism, determination, and sacrifice to accomplish the task of changing lives by contributing to the education of members of the various communities.


efforts lauded


Colin Fagan, minister of state in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, lauded the efforts of the CDC, stating that its academic excellence programme is the type of undertaking that underscores the CDC's importance in revitalising and transforming local governance in Jamaica.

Meanwhile, vice-president of the committee Karen Sudu, in making the presentation to the students, pledged to double the number of pupils who will benefit next year.

She also pointed to the many projects that the CDC has undertaken since it was reactivated last November. These include the construction of bathroom facilities and acquiring furniture at the Lucky Valley Primary School, as well as a welfare programme called 'Blessing Lives'.