Career & Education

National mentorship scheme plans well advanced — Green

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Print this page Email A Friend!


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.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT