Manchester, Portland schools share award

Wednesday, July 02, 2014    

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MOUNT St Joseph Preparatory in Manchester and Port Antonio High in Portland are the most environmentally aware schools in Jamaica, having been jointly awarded in the category under the Jamaica Environmental Awareness Action Awards at Knutsford Court Hotel a week ago.

Both schools have been working on equally commendable environmentally based projects of which it would not be fair to award one school and not the duo, explained Diana McCaulay, CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) which created the competition.

"Environmental education in schools is very important. From both of these schools, both the teachers and the participating students have done commendable work in the areas of environmental awareness and conservation. It is for this reason the two schools were selected by the judges," she said during the awards ceremony.

The announcement went over well with Lorraine Brown, teacher at Mount St Joseph Preparatory.

"I am elated! I have been with the competition since its inception. We are winners every year, but we have never gotten the Most Environmentally Aware School Award. We have worked for it really hard," Brown told the Jamaica Observer following the ceremony.

Heavon Brown, a teacher from Port Antonio High was eqaully pleased.

"The feeling is exceptional," he said.

"Over the years we have done a lot of work in environmental management. One of our main objective was garbage management. We had a lot of problems with garbage and our students managing the garbage. Therefore, one of our main activities involved participating students educating other students about garbage management and encouraging proper disposal of garbage," Brown added.

For the other seven categories of the awards, Jeffrey Edwards from Port Antonio High was awarded Youth Environment Leader; American International School of Kingston was awarded for the Best Energy Conservation; Aboukir Dynamic Youth Club was awarded for Best Water Conservation; Capoeira Alafia was awarded for Best Waste Management; Devon Callam was awarded Champion Environment Teacher; Stush In The Bush was awarded for the Most Sustainable Agriculture and Trees That Feed Foundation was awarded the Trees For The Future Award for planting thousands of fruit trees in Jamaica.

JET officially launched this year's Jamaica Environmental Action Awards on World Water Day 2014 which was observed on March 22. Nominations for the various categories were open until May 1, after which the judges visited, assessed and graded the participating schools and organisations.

-- Ainsworth Morris

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