Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Jamaican-born New York professor sits on UNHRC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jamaican-born-New-York-professor-sits-on-UNHRC_62208 Associate professor of history at Bronx Community College (BCC) Dr Ahmed Reid is the representative for Latin America and the Caribbean on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Reid, a Jamaican who hails from St James, is one of five members of the council’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, serving from December 1, 2015 until June 2022. Local Education Sun, 29 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Avoid summer brain drain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Avoid-summer-brain-drain_61481 The summer holidays are fast approaching and parents will be left scrambling to find activities for their children. There will be many good non-academic options to choose from, but I suggest that parents should also consider some form of academic enhancement. Local Education Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Teachers urged to use more technology http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Teachers-urged-to-use-more-technology_62103 Presenters at the second staging of the EduTech Expo held at the University of Technology, Jamaica, Wednesday, were agreed that more teachers need to integrate technology into their classrooms and into their lesson delivery. Local Education Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Appropriate questions for the interviewer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Appropriate-questions-for-the-interviewer_62239 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Sometimes it’s boring, sometimes it’s fun’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Sometimes-it-s-boring--sometimes-it-s-fun-_61591 Jevaun Campbell, 16: It means a lot. You get to participate in fun things. It’s also about going to school to learn from teachers, showing your mother love, etc. Local Education Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT STATHS is the 2016 National Debate Mate Champion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/STATHS-is-the-2016-National-Debate-Mate-Champion_62159 ST Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) last Thursday defeated Ocho Rios High School to be crowned the Sandals Foundation-sponsored 2016 National Debate Mate Champion. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Doctor in the Making — Andre Christie’s story of triumph http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Doctor-in-the-Making---Andre-Christie-s-story-of-triumph_61538 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, Maryland, to participate in the National Institutes of Health Diabetic and Digestive and Kidney Diseases summer medical research programme. A month after that, he’ll transfer to New York University, the next step in his dream of becoming a doctor. Local Education Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT What does being a child mean to you? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/What-does-being-a-child-mean-to-you-_61593  Shevanese Farquharson, 15: When you’re a child it’s fun, but sometimes there are disadvantages as you don’t always get what you want. You don’t have a lot of stress. And you don’t have to worry about food, rent, etc. Local Education Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT STEM behind the wheel: Designing race cars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/STEM-behind-the-wheel--Designing-race-cars_60902 If the sound of an engine revving and tyres screeching gets your motor running, then perhaps a career designing — not necessarily driving — race cars is for you. Local Education Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Godfrey Stewart rewrites its history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Godfrey-Stewart-rewrites-its-history_60642 If one is looking for a case study in the role of leadership in improving school performance, then Godfrey Stewart High School, formerly Savanna-la-Mar Comprehensive High School, is a classic example. Local Education Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Praising teachers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Praising-teachers_61200 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. Local Education Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Help! My child is unmotivated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Help--My-child-is-unmotivated_60888 Motivation Local Education Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT NCU-based Guardana 6th in World Business Model Competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/NCU-based-Guardana-6th-in-World-Business-Model-Competition_61011 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. Local News Mon, 16 May 2016 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Reading for growth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Reading-for-growth_60993 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 Across Jamaica Day. Local News Mon, 16 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Sagicor Foundation launches 2016 Adopt-A-School programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Sagicor-Foundation-launches-2016-Adopt-A-School-programme_60523 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. Local News Mon, 16 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Michael Anderson fulfilling his childhood dreams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Michael-Anderson-fulfilling_60828 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 relations content for the world-leading Sandals/ATL Group. Local Education Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Leading the way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Leading-the-way_57807 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. Local Education Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Five unusual jobs for engineers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Five-unusual-jobs-for-engineers_60187 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. Local Education Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT English-speaking C’bbean has lowest tertiary enrolment figures — UWI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/English-speaking-C-bbean-has-lowest-tertiary-enrolment-figures---UWI-_60875 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. Local Education Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT What is critical thinking? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/What-is-critical-thinking-_60887 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. Local Education Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Preparing for tough interview questions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Preparing-for-tough-interview-questions_60882 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Happy Child Month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Happy-Child-Month_60880 Daycina Hosey (left) and her grade four students at Mico’s Special Education Unit accept Local Education Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Reid cites reasons for fees change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Reid-cites-reasons-for-fees-change_60302 Decreases in compliance rates as well as a strain on the average household were two of the reasons given by Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid in support of the Government’s plan to remove auxiliary fees for the upcoming school year. Local News Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT York Castle High wins St Ann Police debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/York-Castle-High-wins-St-Ann-Police-debate_60209 After a nail-biting finish, the York Castle High School emerged winners of the 2016 St Ann Police Debate Competition. The York Castle team defeated Ferncourt High in the final held at the Riu Hotel in Mammee Bay on Monday, May 2. Local News Mon, 09 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Young St Ann teacher passionate about education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Young-St-Ann-teacher-passionate-about-education_60203 Christall Ziva-Niara Byfield is very passionate about education; her conversations often surround the topic and she is always ready to speak of its importance. Local News Mon, 09 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT