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11-y-o wants to be Ja’s next female PM

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, March 31, 2014    

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ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Sherika Mundell was always an ambitious child who wasn't sure of a career path. Now, the student of Greenwich Town Primary is certain of what she wants to become: Jamaica's next female prime minister.

The grade 5 student came to the decision on Wednesday after meeting Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller during the ground-breaking ceremony for the Majesty Gardens Housing Development in Kingston.

Sherika was asked to represent her school and present a token to Simpson Miller.

During her presentation, the prime minister took time out to encourage Sherika, a resident of Caribbean Palm Estate, to work hard at achieving her dreams.

"I want to encourage you to stay focused, and who knows, if you work hard you could become the country's next female prime minister," said Simpson Miller.

Sherika is now driven.

"I was very inspired by what the prime minister said to me and as a result I will continue to work hard in school," said Sherika, who is the youngest of five children for her parents.

Representatives from Greenwich Town Primary have since reported that Sherika has been working harder in class and has been a role model to her classmates.

The Majesty Gardens Housing Development will provide jobs for persons living in and around Majesty Gardens and those trained under YUTE Build, a construction-training programme, the prime minister said.

YUTE Build is administered by YUTE Jamaica Limited, Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) and HEART Trust/NTA and will see approximately $11 million being spent in labour cost to construct the 32 units for community residents.

On Wednesday, National Housing Trust Acting Managing Director Martin Miller said Majesty Gardens would be a pilot development for new housing model developed by the Urban Development Corporation.

The event was to mark the ground breaking ceremony of phase 1A of the Majesty Gardens Housing Development.

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