Jamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaicans are welcoming the decision by the Government to reintroduce civics to the school curriculum, noting that it will help instil national pride and contribute to nation building. The subject, which educates students about their rights, duties, and responsibilities as citizens, the structure and functions of government, the significance of national symbols and emblems, among other things, will be reinstated in all schools beginning September 3. Civics was previously taught from grades seven to nine in all-age schools and at first form in high schools. Portmore resident, Leighton Davis, who learnt civics while in school, says with the reintroduction, students will be able to garner relevant information regarding their country. “There are a lot of Jamaican children that are not able to basically even tell you what the Governor-General does, what the Prime Minister does, what is Jamaica House for, the Parliament building and buildings like that. “There are so many things that Jamaican children need to learn about the civics of the country,” he tells JIS News. Kingston resident David Stewart, agrees that “civics in school is a very great thing because when I was going to school as a youngster, we did civics and it has enlightened me to the point where I understand how the country functions from a government point of view and I think civics is worthy to be placed back on the school syllabus.” Veronica Campbell, who also learnt civics in schoolt is also pleased at the move to return the subject to the curriculum. She says that not only will children learn about national symbols and how government works, but how to be good citizens.  “Things like helping each other, caring about the other person, and serving your community; these things are important. Also developing good character and showing courtesy and respect for others, kindness, these things are not taught in every home, so through civics education, they will learn these things,” she says. Vice Principal of Oberlin High School, Audrey Francis, who taught civics, says an important element of civics education is teaching children about their rights and the fact that they have responsibilities as citizens of Jamaica. She says that today’s, young people tend to say “we have rights” but they are not cognisant of the fact that “those rights are intertwined with responsibilities”. “I do believe it (reintroduction of civics) is the best thing that could have happened because I know that I use to teach civics and when I did, you saw the practical side of everything, aspects of citizenship where students were educated about the rights and responsibilities,” she informs. She notes that when civics was taught in school, students were more knowledgeable about government, the law, the police, the court system, elections and voting.  “Somehow, they had more civic pride because (we went) in depth in the subject, not just doing it in social studies (as is the case) now, and you do a topic here and there along the line,” she adds. The Ministry of Education, on August 17, officially launched the new civics curriculum paving the way for the reintroduction of the subject at the early childhood, primary and secondary levels. The move forms part of efforts by the Government to reinvigorate feelings of patriotism and civic pride among citizens about Jamaica, its development and achievements, as the country celebrates its 50th year of Independence this year. The launch was made all the more significant as it coincided with the 125th anniversary of the birth of Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, whose teachings will make up the core of the new civics syllabus. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in her message at the launch held at the Marcus Garvey High School in St. Ann, said the decision to incorporate the teachings of Garvey was to “say to our beloved National Hero, take your place in our schools as a master teacher of lessons for the second emancipation, the emancipation of the mind.” Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, for his part, states that civics will be a mandatory part of the curriculum of every grade in schools across Jamaica “so that we can understand the pride and the dignity and the seriousness and the responsibility of being Jamaican.” “We recognise that the objective of our education system cannot be to only have students, who are getting eight and 10 subjects at CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate). We want students, who are conscious of themselves, who know their place of dignity, of worth, who understand their rights and their responsibilities as citizens of Jamaica,” he says. He underscores the importance of incorporating Garvey’s philosophies, noting that the National Hero stood for excellence and honesty, and that his message will help to build self-esteem and identity. Director of the Culture in the Education Programme, Ministry of Education, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, who heads the team commissioned by the Ministry to draft the civics curriculum, explains to JIS News that a special handbook has been prepared, which will guide teachers in the teaching of Garveyism. The handbooks titled: ‘The Teachings of Garveyism in the new Civics Programme’ is being made available to schools.  “These quotations are not left to the imagination of the teachers but these quotations are written up in the handbook,” Mrs. Blackwood Meeks points out. The Culture Director informs that all the topics on the syllabus will correspond to a major national event in each school-term. “In the first term, the major national activity is Heritage Week so the themes are built around identity, heritage and celebration. In the second term, the major national activity is Jamaica Day…so (it will cover) everything we want our children to learn about celebrating Jamaica.  In the third term we use the occasion of Child Month to focus on human rights issues through looking at what are the rights of the child,” she tells JIS News. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Grace McLean, believes that the inclusion of Garveyism will foster self-affirmation and social transformation. “The philosophy of this civics education programme is one of individual and social transformation. There is urgency to address the social and cultural identity deficits that serve as stumbling blocks in the desire of all Jamaican children to honour the greatness they have inherited by achieving greatness themselves”. She says the programme will create self-awareness, awaken social consciousness and social responsibility, and “provide the experimental learning opportunities that will help our young people grow confidently, think critically, enhance their emotional competencies and the nature of their social interactions to produce citizens, who will assume their rightful place in Jamaica, as leaders and nation builders”. RelatedJamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics Jamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics EducationSeptember 3, 2012 RelatedJamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civicscenter_img RelatedJamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics Advertisementslast_img read more

Realism sets in as IoT sector matures

first_imgHomeMWC19 – News Realism sets in as IoT sector matures Joseph Waring Related Previous ArticleXiaomi enters 5G era with Mi Mix 3 5GNext ArticleOppo touts tech ahead of 5G revolution IoTMWC19 Telefonica warns on multivendor data disparity Tags Experts believe even AI can’t stop ad botscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 FEB 2019 Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Industry must address urgent IoT security threat MWC19 – News Author Companies starting to introduce mobile IoT services are entering the market at an ideal time, as network rollouts have reached a critical mass and the ecosystem is more mature and realistic.These were the key messages expressed during a panel discussion at the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Summit yesterday.Owen Moore, CEO of co-founder of BeWhere, said the good news is it’s not too late to enter, as “a lot of the growing pains you have to go through to launch a network and cooperate with MNOs are now resolved”.Ankur Bhan, Nokia’s global head of Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid, noted the sector has scaled back some of its ambitious initial projections and is more realistic about the uptake of IoT services.He added there is lot of fragmentation, with many markets like China and US quite advanced, but many others are just getting started.Moore said his company needed to be agile when working with operators: “You have to understand each operator’s strategy and the way they work.”Marie Hogan, head of Broadband and IoT Business Area Networks at Ericsson, agreed, noting there are different levels of understanding of what IoT can do, among operators.“We’re trying to make it easier by providing education,” she said, noting Ericsson has found it best to illustrate how a specific use cases works using proof-of-concept trials.Felix Wunderer, VP of IoT products and services at T-Systems International, said its biggest challenges is to build up its vertical industry knowledge.“We have to get better at this to allow us to come up with innovation business models so clients can get their investment back.”Scaling upWunderer said it takes time to get the ecosystem in place to make IoT services affordable to a wider audience.To drive growth, Hogan added that it’s important to stay focused on global specifications and standards which will improve the economies of scale, with global traction expanding rapidly, and push down chipset prices. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

Kim birdies 72nd hole, tops Webb by 1 at Evian

first_imgIn a series of dramatic thrusts and parries over the closing holes of the Evian Championship, Hyo Joo Kim struck last to overtake Hall of Famer Karrie Webb Sunday and win the year’s final major championship. Kim, 19, prevailed in her first start in a major. “I was a little nervous, but I’m very happy with this win,” Kim said through a translator in a Golf Channel interview beside the 18th green. A star on the Korean LPGA’s tour, Kim is the third youngest player to win a women’s major behind Morgan Pressel and Lexi Thompson. Pressel won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old in 2007. Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco earlier this year at 19 years, 1 month and 27 days old. Kim is 19 years and 2 months old. Up early in a final-round duel, Kim looked like she was going to pull away from Webb, taking a three-shot lead to the back nine, but Webb rallied to overtake Kim, only to see Kim answer with a final heart-thumping birdie. A shot down going to the final hole, Kim worked her approach to 12 feet, holing that clutch birdie and forcing Webb to make a 10-footer for par to force a playoff. “The putt was probably a 19-year-old’s nerves, but the shot [into the green] was definitely very mature,” Webb said. Webb looked in total control with a one-shot lead, striping her tee shot down the middle at the 18th fairway. Her trouble came around the green. After missing just her second green of the day, Webb tried to belly a wedge like a putt through about a foot of fringe, but she hit the shot too hard, leaving herself that difficult putt for par coming back. With Webb ultimately making bogey at the last, it marked the second two-shot swing over the final five holes of her duel with Kim. “I don’t know what hit me,” Webb said of the staggering turn of events at the last hole. “Just a rush of adrenaline, I think, with the belly wedge.” Kim opened her first major in historic fashion Thursday, posting a record 10-under-par 61, the lowest round in a men’s or women’s major. She took home the $487,500 winner’s check, closing with a 68 to finish at 11-under 273 overall. Webb was aiming for a piece of history, trying to win her eighth career major and tie Betsy Rawls for sixth on the list of most women’s major championship titles. She was also going for an unprecedented sixth different major title. “I believe in fate a little bit, and I wasn’t mean to win,” Webb said. Kim, a freshman at Seoul University, was the KLPGA Rookie of the Year last season and also nearly won that tour’s Player of the Year award. The victory comes with a two-year exemption to the American LPGA tour.last_img read more

International jazz acts coming back home to KC for Prairie Village Jazz Festival

first_imgDeborah Brown rarely plays in Kansas City, but is well-known on the international jazz circuit.Next Saturday, Kansas City native and vocalist Deborah Brown will take the stage as the headliner at the 2014 Prairie Village Jazz Festival, accompanied by saxophonist Joe Lovano.Earlier this summer, Brown was among the featured performers at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Vienne Jazz Festival in France. In April, Lovano was playing gigs in Paris and Austria. A week after his Prairie Village performance, Lovano will be playing a gig in Bogota, Colombia.Showcasing such internationally recognized talent was the goal of organizers putting together the lineup of this year’s festival, the fifth since its debut in 2010.“Scheduling begins with the headliners, and I knew where I wanted to start,” wrote Larry Kopitnik, the jazz expert who helped assemble this year’s lineup. “Anyone who has heard Deborah Brown knows her voice is one of the most magnificent in jazz today. But she rarely plays Kansas City, her hometown. Her extraordinary talent is better known in Europe, Asia and Russia, where she performs much of the year.”It’s a similar story with Kevin Mahogany, who will be playing the set before Brown and Lovano (who will be joined by Terell Stafford on trumpet). Mahogany, who will be accompanied by the Joe Cartwright Trio, is an Kansas City native perhaps better know on the international jazz scene than in his hometown. Earlier this summer, he was playing gigs and teaching in Italy.“The thing is, we think there’s a good chance there’s not going to be a lot of jazz played in the rest of Kansas City next Saturday night,” said Jazz Fest organizer Jack Shearer. “All the musicians are going to be in Prairie Village. They don’t get a chance to hear these musicians around here, and jazz fans know how good they are.”last_img read more

Clear Harbor launches Disaster Relief Fund with EC$50,000

first_imgBusinessLocalNews Clear Harbor launches Disaster Relief Fund with EC$50,000 by: – September 5, 2015 286 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Roseau, Dominica 2015—Clear Harbor is following the lead of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica and putting its operations back in full capacity starting Monday September 7, 2015.Following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 26, the company shut down for three days—the first time in a decade—and since then gradually scaled up its workload thanks, in part, to the resilience of its staff.The resumption of full operations is our company’s way of ensuring firstly, that all our 780 employees keep their jobs and contribute to Dominica’s effort in keeping the wheels of the economy churning in the wake of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.As we get back to full capacity, our hearts are touched by the dedication of our staff particularly those directly affected by Tropical Storm Erika and we have sought ways to help them. Consequently, through the local ‘Clear Harbor Cares’ program, we have started a Disaster Relief Fund with EC$50,000. All of the proceeds will go directly towards assisting our staff and their families impacted by the storm. Thirty-eight (38) staff members have been identified as unable to return to work given their current location. We will be providing each of these impacted employees a grant on Monday to assist with buying food and necessities. In addition, we will provide additional grants to identified employees assisting them with relocation expenses into areas where they will have access to work. Lastly, we are establishing a Clear Harbor Cares committee to review individual circumstances associated with employees who have suffered the greatest loss and provide them with grants based on the severity of those losses.President of Clear Harbor C. Tut Smith has communicated to staff in Dominica that “our commitment is to make every effort throughout the rebuilding process to access all of the available resources to assist each of you that have been affected by the Storm.” Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more