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Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit March 2

Friday, February 21, 2014    

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PRINCE Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex will arrive in the island on March 2, for a four-day working wisit.

The two will participate in a number of activities related to the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Jamaica. As the Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Foundation and chair of the International Council, the Earl will meet with the board of directors of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International, Jamaica. The board is chaired by Professor Derrick McKoy of the University of the West Indies, Mona.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the world's leading achievement award for young people, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people. It is awarded to individuals between the ages of 12 and 24, who learn to work as a team. They are also required to complete activities in four areas for a specified period, including an adventurous expedition, skills and physical recreation. The award was founded in 1956 by the Duke of Edinburgh and now operates in 144 countries, including Jamaica. Since its inception, over seven million persons around the world have participated in the Award. Some of the other activities that they will participate in during the visit include a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who is also patron of the Award in Jamaica; tours of the UWI Sports Medicine Facility, University of Technology (UTech), Bustamante Hospital for Children, and Bustamante Museum.

They will also visit the Jamaica Defence Force Headquarters, Genesis Academy, Holy Family Primary and Infant Schools and the Portmore HEART Academy. They will depart the island on March 5.

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