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Mentoring the youth matters, says Floyd Green

Friday, July 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, has underscored the value of mentorship programmes in improving outcomes for underperforming or unattached young people.

Green, who was addressing the Jamaica Leadership Summit at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, noted that initiatives that match students who are not doing well in school with their high-performing peers help to boost academic results.

He gave the example of Belmont Academy in Westmoreland, which has developed a model that pairs top-performing students with the weaker pupils as mentors.

The nine-year-old institution was ranked as the most-improved high school in the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams by Educate Jamaica, with 93 per cent of its students passing five or more subjects, from 75 per cent in the previous year.

“They (Belmont Academy) have been able to do well by using their mentorship model,” said Green.

The education state minister noted, however, that mentorship is not only needed in education but “right across the board”.

“So (we need to) establish formal and informal mentorship that pairs more experienced persons with the younger people or models that focus on leadership competencies,” he said, noting that many young people are unable to express themselves well, and peer-mentoring relationships will enable them to communicate their feelings and emotions more effectively.

“It is something that we've seen that has worked tremendously,” he said.

The Jamaica Leadership Summit, hosted by Mind Food International, was targeted at leaders and aspiring leaders in the public and private sectors, equipping them with best practices to enable them to attain their goals and better lead others.

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