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National mentorship scheme plans well advanced — Green

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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State minister for education, youth and information Floyd Green says plans are in an advanced stage for the creation of an all-island national mentorship scheme.

He noted that the plan involves partnership with the national security and economic growth and job creation ministries.

Green was speaking to JIS News at the third staging of the Sagicor Foundation Scholarship Awards ceremony at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday.

Green informed that work to achieve the all-island national mentorship scheme has already started under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme, launched in May this year by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

“We're tapping into university students, recruiting them and getting them to sign up to start some training to become mentors,” he said.

The HOPE Programme is geared at improving the social prospects of Jamaicans, particularly the youth.

Green pointed out that an examination of the use of technology to make the mentorship scheme “more effective and wide-reaching” will also be done.

The state minister indicated that an outline of a holistic plan will be made available in short order.

In his remarks to recipients of the scholarships, Green urged tertiary students to mentor at least one child at the primary and secondary levels. He also encouraged secondary level students to get involved in co-curricular activities.

Sagicor Foundation awarded 68 scholarships to 37 exceptional Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students transitioning to secondary school and 31 students at the tertiary level.

Fourteen children of members of the Jamaica Defence Force were awarded educational grants valued at $40,000 each for one year, and the remaining 23 GSAT scholarships are valued at $50,000 each for five years, to be renewed annually.

The tertiary scholarships are valued at $250,000 annually and are renewed each academic year.




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