Tuesday, 18 June 2013

BRIGHT FUTURE: Jamaican tweens triumph in world poster contest + ROC reaps success with inaugural school tour

SCHOOLIN' LIFE: "We know the value of mentorship is immeasurable, so with our school tour we've carefully put together a programme that students can enjoy and addresses real issues that they encounter on a daily basis," says singer-activist Cherine, sharing the ideology that drives the latest efforts of her Reach One Child (ROC) initiative, which recently teamed with mentors (including former Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardener) from wide-ranging fields (sports, medicine, entrepreneurship, journalism) to inspire the primary and high school students who took part in their islandwide ROC Tour. A huge and rewarding success, Cherine notes. Looking ahead, the team hopes to replicate the winning formula in the fall in the hope of impacting the lives of more young Jamaicans. "What we at ROC aim to do," she says, "is engage the students on issues including positive communication and the value of education." To learn more about the work of the ROC, visit reachonechild.org. 

BORN TO WIN: From a sea of entries submitted by students across the globe (the UK, Canada, the United States, the Caribbean), the work of two Jamaican students emerged the cream of the crop in the recent World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition. Eleven-year-old Andrew Malcolm took first place (US$100) while fellow Corinaldi Avenue Primary student Nakelia Humphrey copped second place (US$50) in the contest, which is put on every March by the US-based World Plumbing Council. The students are pictured above with teachers Dane Julius and Donette Salmon. "We have done it before, and we knew we could do it again," offers elated principal Cynthia Munroe. "Our teachers are highly motivated and they transmit this commitment and motivation to our students, and so our students know that when they go out there they have to excel, [and] they want to achieve at the highest."

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