Careers & Education

Sagicor shares Jamaica's heritage with youths

Sunday, August 12, 2012    

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SAGICOR Life Jamaica this year made the legacy of Jamaica's rich cultural heritage the focus of their lessons at the company's annual summer school programme.

"Sagicor is playing its part in sharing Jamaica's legacy with the children of Jamaica and what better way to do so than through our Summer School. It is Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and our children need to understand the magnitude of this achievement for our nation," said Marilyn Flynn, relationship manager in the human resources department at the insurance company.

Co-ordinator Barbara Kerr was pleased at how receptive the more than 100 children enrolled in the summer school were to be learning about Jamaican traditions.

"This year has been even more fun than previous years for the children. It is quite an experience to watch their little eyes light up when they hear the various practises of our ancestors and sing along to Jamaican folk songs," she said.

Each year, the programme culminates with a concert and 2012 was no exception. Sagicor's Jamaica Day Concert and Heritage Display was held on August 3 at the R Danny Williams building, Sagicor Centre in New Kingston.

With scores of customers, parents and onlookers in attendance, the children presented their highly anticipated choreographed routines by way of song, dance and dialect.

Meanwhile, Sagicor also continued its Summer Employee Training Programme that was started seven years ago to provide employment experience and mentoring opportunities to youth from troubled communities. The programme has grown exponentially over the years, catering to only 40 university and sixth-form students when it just began to 130 this year.

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