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Kingston, Brazilian city of Salvador explore student exchange

Friday, June 06, 2014 | 8:02 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- With ties between the Brazilian city of Salvador, Bahia and Kingston, Jamaica appearing to be strengthening, Mayor Angella Brown Burke on a recent visit to that city explored the possibilities of youth and student exchanges between the two cities.

Town Clerk of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Robert Hill accompanied the mayor on the visit to Salvador between May 22 and 24 at the invitation of the vice-mayor of Salvador City Celia Sacramento and officials of the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The visit developed from a UNICEF south-south cooperation plan of action being developed by UNICEF between the governments of Jamaica and Brazil.

One of the main objectives of the UNICEF south-south cooperation plan is to expand the technical knowledge of policy makers and key technical experts to design, develop and implement programmes that meet the needs of children and adults.

Hill said that the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) had recommended that the KSAC play a major role in the south-south cooperation plan.

He said that their visit to Brazil was part of an “ongoing policy process facilitated by the PIOJ” in recognition that the Kingston had a major role to play as the capital city of Jamaica.

The Town Clerk said that during the visit to Brazil the programmes for children and adolescents that were discussed were not finalised.

“However, there are possibilities for youth/student exchanges between both cities which will be facilitated by our respective municipal authorities,” he told OBSERVER ONLINE.

“It is also interesting to note that Salvador is currently engaged in promoting Reggae as a means of affirming the cultural identity of their youth,” he said.

He added that the visit to Brazil was to “focus on technical linkages, relationship building and sustainable cooperative strategies between both municipalities”.

Claudienne Edwards

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