Careers & Education

Gov’t moves to increase girl coders

Najeeka Rose (second left) works on her coding techniques at
a coding workshop for girls held recently, at the General
Accident Insurance Company boardroom in Kingston.

TWENTY-FIVE female students, aged 11 to 15 years, are being trained to become coders as part of the Government's thrust to increase skills in information technology for national development, and boost the number of women in the male-dominated field. Coding -- the process of writing specific instruc ... Read More

First-form Jamaica College student Howard Hull
enjoys a joke from Sagicor President and CEO
Richard Byles. Forkfuls Of Inspiration
Ten young students from Jamaica College (JC) spent a memorable Tuesday afternoon at the Courtleigh H ... Read More

Brian Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest
Seafood introduces his guests for the Jamaica
Observer’s Salut! Applaud It! luncheon — Iris Gelly
Primary School — to two new products, Rainforest
Ready Fish Nuggets and Fish Stix VIDEO: Raining good
BRIAN Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, hosted 12 enthusiastic students from I ... Read More

The gathering at Applaud It! VIDEO: Best life forward
THE Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It! luncheon was hosted by NCB Foundation at the NCB headquarter ... Read More

CaPRI criticises screening students for CSEC

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior staff reporter | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Dr Christopher Tufton

THE Caribbean Research Institute (CaPRI) says that there is little evidence that teachers or administrators are using the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results to target and improve weaknesses among students. In the latest edition of its publication, 'Think Tank', CaPRI addressed the issue of "Jamaica: Failing The Education Test", stating that the country 's education system is leaving too many children behind. CaPRI, a public policy think-tank based at the University of t ... Read More

Brimmer Vale makes positive strides

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Brimmer Vale High School in
Port Maria, St Mary, one of five
schools participating in the first
year of the iLead education
leadership programme.

The iLead education programme, managed by the JNBS Foundation and the Ministry of Education, is supporting 15 of the weakest- performing schools in the parishes of Portland, St Mary and St Thomas (Region 2), as well as education officers in this region, in order to turn around performance in the schools in a sustainable manner. To maintain the attention on the work of this project, this week we start the first in a series of features on schools participating in the programme. BRIMMER Vale High ... Read More

Make the most of your job — even when you want to quit

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Make the most of your job —
even when you want to quit

IMPRESSING your boss can be an uphill task, and you may be counting the days until you can tell him to take this job and shove it. But until then, and regardless of the position you hold in the organisation, making the most of the job is what matters. Cheryll Campbell, owner and human resource consultant at HR Outsourcing Solutions, said when one occupies a position, realising that it is probably what's keeping them afloat is the first thing that should be on their agenda. "Having signed a con ... Read More

Easy as A-B-C

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Kindergarten students from Morris Knibb Prep pause for a photo during school last Thursday, November 20. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)

Kindergarten students from Morris Knibb Prep pause for a photo during school last Thursday, November 20. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS) Easy as A-B-C --> Read More

Youngster's selfless gesture inspires Rock River development

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

From left, Rosalee Ramdon, principal of Rock River Primary;
Gene Shaw, construction manager at Digicel Foundation and
Latoya Harris, public private sector partner manager, review the
plans for the new sanitary unit.

FOUR years ago, 10-year-old Wajay Jonas made a bold move. Bothered by the poor sanitary conditions at his then primary school, Rock River Primary, the youngster set out to make a change by writing to corporate Jamaica for help. "I realised that the pit latrine at the school was not safe. Students would stand on it and I was afraid they would fall in," he explained. "I wouldn't use it because of that and would have to wait till I got home in the evenings. As deputy head boy at the time, I though ... Read More

Young scholar

Sunday, November 23, 2014    


Little Sydnee Hemans accepts her certificate for getting a perfect score in language arts from board member Rachaell Morgan at Hagley Park Prep School's annual awards ceremony on Thursday, November 20. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS) Young scholar --> Read More

Fishermen get basic seamanship and navigation skills training

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Fishermen from Port
Maria during training.

FISHERMEN across 57 beaches in 11 parishes received certificates in safety at a graduation ceremony on November 19. Their training formed part of the Jamaica Fishermen Co-operative enhancement of the cold chain supply and safety project, which benefited 2,000 fisherfolk and 400 fish vendors. The project fell under the rural economic development initiative being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) with funds from the Government and the World Bank. A total of $18.2 million w ... Read More

Digicel Foundation celebrates 150th school built in Haiti

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

A view of the new school buildings at
the Ecole Nationale de Grande Savane

THE Digicel Foundation last Wednesday celebrated one of the finest moments in the history of education in Haiti with the opening of its 150th school in the country. The École Nationale de Grande Savane was founded in 2011. Prior to the Digicel Foundation's intervention, the school had been operating in extremely basic facilities which were not conducive to learning. Now there are brand new buildings that meet modern earthquake and hurricane-resistant standards. The fully furnished schoo ... Read More

How can I make myself more valuable?

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

How can
I make

IT is no one's wish to hear that their role in an organisation is not relevant, or that their name would be at the top of the list if the company was to undergo a redundancy exercise. Being counted and valued in any business should be an employee's top priority as it opens doors for recommendations for other opportunities that may arise. While you may feel that you are insignificant, or one of the weakest links at your company, remember that everyone contributes to the overall running of the o ... Read More

Newell High gets agri boost

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Members of the school were filled with excitement when Food for the Poor visited to assess the
new hydroponics unit.

THE agricultural programme being offered at Newell High School has been boosted with a new hydroponics unit, 24 goats, five beehives, 15 rabbits, 70 white leghorn layers and various farm tools. The school, located in the Pedro Plains division of south west St Elizabeth, was aided by Food for the Poor Jamaica. "We wrote to Food for the Poor requesting some farm tools for the department. They came, delivered the tools, and were impressed with what we were doing in agriculture. We thought the do ... Read More



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