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'Pupils must broaden cultural horizons'

Published:Thursday | July 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

DR NEVA Alexander, founder of National Educational Venture Alliance (NEVA), has said in order for Jamaicans to remain competitive and marketable, children need more exposure to other cultures.

To this end, NEVA hosted a free Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) workshop last week Wednesday at its offices in Kingston.

The event was specifically tailored for high-school students, parents and teachers interested in learning more about the SAT and how to apply for scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States of America.

"I was born in Jamaica and want to help contribute back to my country because I know that there are a lot of talented students here that desire to study abroad, and I feel that if they get the necessary opportunity to travel abroad, then they can contribute greatly," she told The Gleaner.

"I believe that students should broaden their horizons, as far as being culturally aware and going outside of the box. There is more in life than just where they are in Jamaica or within their communities, and we are only able to do that if we travel," she added.

Alexander will be hosting a free SAT mock exam on Saturday and will also be offering a tutoring course for interested students.

"I really hope that they found the informational sessions beneficial. This programme is very valuable to them, not just the SATs, but the scholarship opportunities that accompany them," Alexander said.