Career & Education

Doctor in the Making — Andre Christie’s story of triumph

CHRISTIE...their words made me more determined to pull myself up by my own bootstraps... I was determined to prove them wrongPhoto: Courtesy CUNY

Andre Christie will receive his associate of science degree from Bronx Community College next month, days after returning from South Africa, where he is currently doing health care fieldwork under the International Scholar Laureate Program. The day after commencement, he will fly down to Bethesda, M ... Read More

Shevanese Farquharson  Photo: Antonio Graham                              What does being a child mean to you?
 Shevanese Farquharson, 15: When you’re a child it’s fun, but sometimes there are d ... Read More

Choosing a car’s design is the most important decision a racing team can make.Reuters STEM behind the wheel: Designing race cars
If the sound of an engine revving and tyres screeching gets your motor running, then perhaps a caree ... Read More

FEARON... we’ve grown so much that next year we’re going to recommend another teacher for Mathematics Teacher of the YearPhoto: JNBS Godfrey Stewart rewrites its history
If one is looking for a case study in the role of leadership in improving school performance, then G ... Read More

Praising teachers

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

The Worship Centre on Old Harbour Road, just outisde of Spanish Town, honoured 14 teachers from primary and high schools in the old capital on Sunday May 1, ahead of Teachers’ Day, which was observed on May 4. “The Worship Centre recognises the challenge our country faces in imparting moral values to our youth and the critical importance of this for the future of our country. We therefore encourage and recognise the devotion and commitment of these teachers in making a positive impa ... Read More

Help! My child is unmotivated

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Dr Karla

Motivation , the desire to do well and the driving force propelling you towards the attainment of goals, is vital to successful learning. When it is lacking in a child, it’s painful to watch. This lack of enthusiasm or motivation can be a source of frustration and turmoil not only for teachers, but for parents too since we, perhaps more than any other stakeholder group, are more heavily invested in our children’s academic life. We want them to succeed in life and we understand the v ... Read More

NCU-based Guardana 6th in World Business Model Competition

Monday, May 16, 2016    

Entrance to NCU in Mandeville

Mandeville, Manchester — The Northern Caribbean University (NCU)- based team Guardana has this year placed sixth in the world when they presented at the International Business Model Competition, held in Washington DC, in the United States, on April 29 and 30. In 2014, during the outbreak of the chikungunya virus carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the team saw the opportunity to start the production of a DEET-free mosquito repellant called Guard, the product with which they entered the ... Read More

PHOTO: Reading for growth

Monday, May 16, 2016    

Employees of bauxite/alumina company, Jamalco, recently took part in Read Across Jamaica Day activities at the Patrick Town Basic School, in South Manchester, and Hayes Primary and Junior High School, in Clarendon. The activity is among several of that nature held regularly under the Jamalco in Schools programme in the company’s operating areas. In the photo Jamalco volunteers Yonette Betton (seated, front) and Shadae Clarke (seated, back) with students at Patrick Town Basic School during ... Read More

Sagicor Foundation launches 2016 Adopt-A-School programme

Monday, May 16, 2016    

Student performers from Allman Town Infant School at the 2016 relaunch of the Sagicor Adopt-A-School Programme.

The Sagicor Foundation on Tuesday launched its 2016 Adopt-A-School programme ahead of today’s celebration of Child’s Day, and noted that it is expected to serve more than 10 schools and over 1,000 students across the island. The programme consists of several branches — Sagicor Bank, Sagicor Life, Sagicor Investments — combining their efforts across the island to help early childhood institutions in need. The first set of activities is slated to begin on Labour Day, Ma ... Read More

Michael Anderson fulfilling his childhood dreams

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

ANDERSON... my ultimate dream is to walk the Oscars carpet as a movie director or producerPhoto: Sandals

As a young boy growing up in Christiana, Manchester, Michael Anderson was fascinated by movies. His interest in film-making saw him spending hours on end watching behind the scenes footage and trying to learn all he could about film and production. He had no idea then that his interest would blossom into an exciting career, but today he is an acclaimed video editor with Sandals Resorts International’s new Light and Film Division (SLF), tasked with creating all local marketing and public re ... Read More

Leading the way

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Members of iLEAD Cohort 1 with JPS President & CEO Kelly Tomblin (centre); Senior Vice-president, Energy Delivery Gary Barrow (left); and Senior Vice-president, Customer & Corporate Services Sheree Martin (right).Photo: JPS

Jamaica’s light and power utility, which already counts itself in technical terms head and shoulders above similar operations in the region, says it has blazed another trail, this time in terms of staff development. Last year, it launched JPS Leadership Academy’s iLEAD Programme with the strategic intention of sharpening the quality of leadership skills and competencies throughout the company in general and more specifically, developing “high potential” employees into l ... Read More

Five unusual jobs for engineers

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Having an interest in a STEM field can sometimes make you feel pigeonholed — thinking that to be in engineering you have to wear blue-and-white chequered shirts, or that to be in science you have to have a white lab coat. In actuality, STEM fields are as diverse as the people who work in them — and engineering is no exception. Think for a second about all of the things you use, places you visit, or resources you employ. Engineers are responsible for most of them and, in many cases, ... Read More

English-speaking C’bbean has lowest tertiary enrolment figures — UWI

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Sir Hilary Beckles (centre), Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies (UWI), with Dr Henry Smock (left), Chairman of the University Council, and Prof David Hall, President of the University of the Virgin Islands, following the institution’s 2016 commencement ceremony at which Sir Hilary received an honorary doctorate.

Of all the countries in the western hemisphere, those of the English-speaking Caribbean have the lowest higher education enrolment, a situation which, according to Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles, is negatively impacting the region’s quality of social existence, the dynamism of its economies and the intellectual focus of its politics. Addressing the graduating class of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) on Thursday, Sir Hilary said: “ ... Read More

What is critical thinking?

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, May 15, 2016    

A St Aloysius Primary student plays with his pencil prior to writing his first paper.

Lately, parents and educators have been bombarded with the concept of critical thinking. It appears to be the new buzzword in education. We are told that developing critical thinking skills in our children should be the major focus of education. And in the job market, employers are increasingly asking for a workforce trained in these abilities. What exactly is critical thinking and how can parents help in developing these skills? Critical thinking outlined Critical thinking simply means the ... Read More



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