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Get our young people to believe in Jamaica - GG

Published:Friday | June 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Sir Patrick Allen


JAMAICA HAS the resources to tackle its current challenges and will succeed in doing so, Governor General (GG) Sir Patrick Allen told employees of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), at its corporate headquarters in Half Way Tree, St Andrew on Tuesday.

One assessment done at King's House found that the main issues affecting Jamaica were related to the family, youth and education. Sir Patrick pointed out that by successfully addressing those issues, Jamaica would pave the way to having a more prosperous, stable and productive society.

"We are going through challenges, but we will get over them. No nation is going to die," Sir Patrick said. What is required is to "get our young people to believe in Jamaica and believe in themselves".

I Believe Initiative

The I Believe Initiative (IBI) emerged in 2009 from this understanding, he told the JNBS employees. And IBI uses strategic partnerships to inspire healthy parenting and relationships; as well as personal and professional development.

He told the JN team members that the IBI, and the pre-existing Governor General's Achievement Award have been aligned in the recently launched Governor General's Programme for Excellence, with parish custodes and justices of the peace now being engaged to assist in promoting its values.

Earl Jarrett, general manager, JNBS, assured the governor general that "over the years, we have connected with persons of like mind and similar values, and our allies include the I Believe Initiative, whose objectives we firmly support".

The GG's visit to JNBS was part of a recently started outreach initiative to engage with managers and employees in private-sector institutions across Jamaica, in developing a positive attitude to the country's development.