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Holness implores young people to get trained

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister,Andrew Holness, is imploring young people to get involved in training programmes, so that their ideas can be transformed into tangible innovations.

Holness was addressing a group of Career Advancement Programme (CAP) students who were awarded an international award of US$7,500 at the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held at the University of Delaware in the United Sates, at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew yesterday.

“The Government of Jamaica wants all our young people to be engaged. The strategy is to use the energy, the innovativeness of our young people to solve the burning social, environmental and economic problems, and that is what the CAP programme is about,” Holness said.

The Jamaican team of high-school students – Deneka Pusey, Sophia Morris, Devonte Williams and Noel McDonald – emerged in second place at the 2018 staging of the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs at the US-based university. They were awarded for their social venture, 'Paradise Care'.
It was designed to lead efforts in the collection of waste plastic, and its conversion into useable products. The students showcased a functional prototype of their first product, USAVER, a powerbank and lamp built from plastic bottles.

The Diamond Challenge is an innovative entrepreneurship concept competition for high-school students hosted by the University of Delaware. The young entrepreneurs are trained to conceive, test and pitch ideas for a new social venture.

The CAP is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to respond to the number of learners who complete secondary-level education without any formal certification, and have not matriculated to post-secondary-level education or work.

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