Careers & Education

Entrepreneurs learn the keys to success from Saint International boss

CEO of Saints International’s Deiwght Peters (right) engages chief executive officer of Jamaica Business Development Corporation Valerie Veira (left) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Harold Davis in conversation at a lunchtime mentoring session the corporation hosted on Wednesday at Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

He candidly concedes that he made a ton of mistakes on his way to success, but bank staffer-turned-model management mogul and television host Deiwght Peters will gladly tell you that they have served as valuable lessons. That learning from failing, plus “belly bottom burning passion”, d ... Read More

(Front row from left) Director/ principal of the Vocational Training Development Institute(VTDI) Delize Williams, minister of state in the Ministry of National Security Pearnel Charles Jr, senior director for Workforce Development and Employment at the HEART Trust/ NTA Denworth Finnikin, deputy commissioner of corrections in the Department of Correctional Services Joyce Stone and senior lecturer and educational outreach specialist at the VTDI Dr Kordel Brown share a photo op with correctional officers (back row from left) Carlington Russell, Edward Lawrence, Charlane Williams, Cleopatra Howard-Burton, Wayne Laidlaw and Patrick Taylor. The occasion was the recent opening ceremony for the Train-the- Trainer programme at the VTDI. Warders to impart skills training to inmates
AS the prison system inches closer towards a rehabilitative approach to justice, the Ministry of Nat ... Read More

REID... If we are going to make sure that our students master mathematics, the teaching has got to be fun as well (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Teachers urged to find creative ways to teach maths
Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is challenging teachers to find new a ... Read More

Nicole McLaren Campbell and Bishop Henry Fernandez are two of
the speakers lined up for this Friday’s success conference targeting
students and young people. Second success conference this Friday
Students and young people from across the island are being invited to participate in a development a ... Read More

15 schools receive Calculation Time awards

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Students of the top 15 primary schools in the Japanese-developed maths programme Calculation Time display their certificates following an award ceremony hosted by JPS shareholder Marubeni Caribbean Power Inc on Thursday to recognise them for their commendable performance. The students were joined by (from left) Seymour Hamilton, education officer, Ministry of Youth, Education and Information; Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information; Masanori Nakano, ambassador of Japan to Jamaica; Tatsuya Ozono, president and CEO, Marubeni Caribbean Power Inc; Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO, JPS; Kenji Tobita, resident representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); and Kaori Okayama, Representative of JICA.

Jamaica Public Service (JPS) shareholder Marubeni on Thursday awarded 15 primary schools for their commendable performance in the Japanese-developed Mathematics programme called Calculation Time. The programme, a collaborative effort between the Government of Japan and Jamaica’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, was designed to assist students at the primary level gain a better understanding of maths with the aid of games, toys, music, dots and other non-traditional tools. It ... Read More

Rotary hosts 300 at career fair

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career& Education writer honeyghnp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Chief Information Officer at JN Bank, Shereen Jones, engages students in a discussion on careers in the digital age at the Rotary clubs of St Catherine, Kingston & At Andrew North’s 32nd annual career expo at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston Monday afternoon. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

With eager faces, notepads and pens in hand, over 300 students converged at the Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel Conference facilities in Kingston on Monday. The reason? The Rotary clubs of St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew North’s 32nd career expo. The event — which was initiated against the background of providing quality career guidance to students from schools less likely to either host their own career days, or to be in close proximity to open fairs — was this year hel ... Read More

What can I do with a science education degree?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Dear Career Advisor: What types of jobs can I get with a degree in science education? Yours truly, Romario Dear Romario, A degree in science education prepares you for a diverse field of career opportunities. Typically, in addition to the foundational education and science courses, the degree allows you to select an area of emphasis or specialisation, which generally includes biology, chemistry, physics, integrated science, and earth sciences. Your specialisation or emphasis will have a s ... Read More

Spanish-Jamaican Foundation donates $250,000 to UWIDEF in support of the study of Spanish

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Vanessa Meggoe, project manager, Spanish-Jamaican Foundation presents a cheque to Karl Wright, UWIDEF director, for five bursaries each valued at $50,000 to young Jamaicans in need, who demonstrate passion and dedication in their study of the Spanish language at The UWI. (PHOTO: RYAN JOSEPH)

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF) awarded five bursarie each valued at $50,000 to young Jamaicans in need, who demonstrate passion and dedication in their study of the Spanish language. This is the third-consecutive year that they have made this award to the UWI Development & Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) bringing the total value of collection to $750,000 to date. Vanessa Meggoe, project manager of the SJF, visited the UWIDEF office at the Mona Campus on Friday and handed over the donation t ... Read More

After the GSAT storm

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

 
“I am glad it’s over; all the
preparation prior to the examamination,
all the presssure from early last year. I
took away her summer [holiday]. I told
her it was just only for a time. I am just
waiting on the result.
— Gayena Byfield
“The exam was manageable. I just
want to relax and do all the stuff I used
to do. I am going to listen to music and
watch my favourite television show.”
— Giselle Byfield
Attending:
Half-Way-Tree Primary School
School of Choice: Campion College
 
Karl McLarty

Anxiety and nervousness would have now subsided across the island with the sitting of this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) last Thursday and Friday. Recognised as a veritable rite of passage from the primary level to secondary level of education, parents, teachers and students execute a game plan of ‘mission: possible’ to secure success. The pursuit of positive outcomes sees the harnessing of all resources and skills: all hands on deck. Reports from invigilators and ... Read More

East Central St Catherine GSAT students get support

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Table laid with breakfast consisting of eggs, sausages, porridge, fruits, milo and juice for the students.

Since 2015, attorney-at-law Alando Terrelonge and his team have been engaged in a programme dubbed ‘GSAT Education Programme’. The effort was aimed at ensuring that the students in the constituency of St Catherine East Central sitting the exam all had an equal opportunity to successfully do so. Now in his first year as the official Member of Parliament (MP), the programme is in year three. “I decided on such a programme after speaking to the then principal at the Naggo Head Pr ... Read More

Mico launches conversation series

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Professor Neville Ying

The Mico Universiy College announced on Wednesday that it will begin a series of public discussion fora with a view to engaging the nation in the development and implementation of education policy. The first in the series, called The Mico Education Conversation Series, is set for this Wednesday, March 23, at the Enos Nuttal Lecture Theatre, on the Mico campus on Marescaux Road, starting at 6:00 pm. The topic of discussion will be: ‘Migration of Teachers: Opportunities for game-changing ... Read More

Nestlé Jamaica takes on youth unemployment

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Stephen Summers, supply chain manager at Nestlè (right), conducts a live session with Rory at Friday’s Nestlé Needs YOUth career fair.

Hundreds of students from university campuses across the Corporate Area flocked Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology, Jamaica’s Papine campus for the second staging of the Nestlé Needs YOUth event aimed at facilitating youth development in Jamaica. A three-year programme, Nestlé Needs YOUth lends support to young people in their transition from university to the workforce. Through this programme, Nestlé aims to contribute to th ... Read More

Teachers are therapists too

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Dr Karla Hylton. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Child abuse is more widespread and affects more social and economic groups in our society than the statistics suggest. Confronting the scourge requires intervention not only from the authorities, but from the entire community. Educators, in particular, have a major role to play in identifying and reporting cases of abuse, in addition to helping victimised students through the healing process. Nowadays, educators must take on the role of therapist as well as teacher. Children spend a large por ... Read More

Hidden Figures inspires girls who code

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Mother and daughter duo enjoy the Jamaica Girls who Code screening of Hidden Figures..

Learning how to code is good for your brain’s development and can take you to the top of your chosen profession. That’s what Melanie Subratie, chairperson of Jamaica Girls Coding, told more than 80 girls, aged 11-14, from high schools and places of safety, at a special viewing of the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures late last month. The film, starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson, and Janelle Monae, tells the story of a group of black women who played pivotal roles in the e ... Read More



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