Wednesday, 22 November 2017

NEWS FEED: 23-year-old Jelani Munroe named Jamaica’s newest Rhodes Scholar + JWN Foundation steps up its anti-child abuse efforts

TAKING ACTION: The J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Foundation was started in 2012 to spearhead programmes that contribute to nation-building. Five years on, the non-profit entity remains staunchly committed to its mission, even embarking on brand-new initiatives. Last week, the foundation hosted its inaugural fundraiser geared towards raising much-needed funds to support the fight against child abuse and violence against youth and children. Complete with a silent auction, panel discussion (moderated by Dr. Carolyn Cooper), film screening (the short films Shoot the Girl and Silent Hearts were shown) and a gate-prize draw, the fundraiser was a solid success, drawing a huge turnout to the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. “This is the beginning really, raising funds to support child development projects and to protect our children from violence. This event is the first for the foundation, but we would like to do more. I think it has exceeded our expectations,” said Wray & Nephew Chairman Jimmy Lawrence, who pledged to strengthen collaboration with entities like the Child Development Agency (CDA). “It’s a start, but most importantly, it’s about engaging people in this worthy cause because we see protecting our children as one of our top priorities.” Their philanthropic efforts also encompass education, as to date the JWN Foundation has provided over 100 scholarships to needy students across the island.

THE CHOICE: “Relieved” and “thankful” is how Jelani Munroe sums up his reaction to copping the prestigious honour of becoming Jamaica’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Munroe, 23, bested an eminent field of contenders for the scholarship tenable at the UK’s Oxford University in 2018/19 academic year. The announcement was made at King’s House last week by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. A past Campion College head boy, who went on to complete (with honours) a Bachelor’s in Economics and Public Policy at Stanford University, the overseas-based Munroe plans to pursue an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford. What gave him the edge over his rivals? “He’s full of energy, dynamism and we believe he will really make an impact on Jamaica in the years to come,” says Peter Goldson, secretary of the Rhodes Scholar selection committee. “They’re exceptionally outstanding, both the oversea-based candidates and those from UWI, but Jelani was just that much more outstanding from the rest of the field. He is clearly someone who is intelligent and thoughtful, and he’s concerned about helping the less privileged in Jamaica.”

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“Crime affects social stability as well as discourage domestic and international investment. At the firm level, it introduces uncertainty and inefficiency in the production process, as it imposes a cost on firms, as well as limits the production time. These constraints create increased costs and uncertainty in the business environment and adversely impacts the country’s competitiveness.”– Dr. Wayne Henry, Director-General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)







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