The programme aims to expose students to academic and extracurricular programmes that are not currently available at their own schools. Some 52 high schools are now participating in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Twinning of Schools initiative.The programme aims to expose students to academic and extracurricular programmes that are not currently available at their own schools.It will also give teachers and student leaders an opportunity to share ideas and best practices with their colleagues in other institutions.Among the participating schools are Ardenne High, Pembroke Hall High, Haile Selassie High, Campion College and Holy Trinity High in Kingston and St. Andrew.Minister with responsibility for Education, Hon. Karl Samuda, in his remarks at the official launch of the 2019/20 school year at the Ardenne High School on Thursday (September 12), said the initiative will positively change the perceptions held about some schools.“The fear that a lot of people might have, privately, that it’s a cultural crossover, it isn’t. There are many students at this institution (Ardenne High), considered an Ivy League institution, that are from the same communities as students from Kingston High and Haile Selassie,” he pointed out.“Our mission is to make sure that those schools are improved to a level where, when a student or a parent sees that their child has been assigned to that school, there is no apprehension,” he added.Mr. Samuda noted that the teaching body in Jamaica is “very competent and committed” and “it is just a question of the support that they will get from the private sector, the churches and from other organisations that are willing to support our school and our educational system”. Some 52 high schools are now participating in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Twinning of Schools initiative. It will also give teachers and student leaders an opportunity to share ideas and best practices with their colleagues in other institutions. Story Highlights
Story Highlights The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is reporting a steady recovery in sweet yam production in Trelawny. It also attacks developing shoots and expanding leaves, and can spread rapidly during the rainy season. The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is reporting a steady recovery in sweet yam production in Trelawny.Speaking at the recent monthly meeting of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation, RADA Parish Manager, Courtney Taylor, said sweet yam production had declined in recent years due to the anthracnose fungus, which affects many plants, including vegetables, fruits, and trees.It also attacks developing shoots and expanding leaves, and can spread rapidly during the rainy season.Mr. Taylor said, however, that as a result of interventions under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) Production and Productivity Programme, “we are seeing some improvements as it relates to [sweet yam] crop care”.“A lot of farmers, especially those who basically were out of production, are now [interested] in getting back into production because of what they are seeing,” he indicated.Mr. Taylor pointed out that with ongoing interventions, full-scale sweet yam production in Trelawny is expected in the next two years.Meanwhile, Mr. Taylor said the Production and Productivity Programme has been assisting Trelawny’s farmers with the production of five key crops — sweet yam, dasheen, pineapple, hot pepper, and Irish potato.Additionally, he said RADA has been training farmers in disaster risk management to enable them to better safeguard their cultivations.“We are being proactive as it relates to providing information to farmers… and that is something that is on the forefront at the moment,” Mr. Taylor stated. Speaking at the recent monthly meeting of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation, RADA Parish Manager, Courtney Taylor, said sweet yam production had declined in recent years due to the anthracnose fungus, which affects many plants, including vegetables, fruits, and trees.
NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Santiago-based mining technology and innovation centre Centro Nacional de Pilotaje Chile (CNP), to work together to enhance and accelerate innovation and technology adoption in the global mining industry.As defined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the primary objective is to establish and build a long-term relationship and work together on a variety of initiatives related to developing and delivering mine worker education and training programs, enhancing innovation and technology adoption, and improving the commercialisation of academic applied research serving the mining industry.“We are very excited to collaborate with CNP as it allows both organisations to engage a broader network of mining companies, mine workers, tech ventures, capital markets, and academic research to creatively address both the opportunities and challenges facing the global mining industry,” cites Don Duval, NORCAT CEO. “Ultimately, this partnership demonstrates the importance and value of collaborating across borders to make a meaningful and sustainable impact in the mining industry.”In the near-term, CNP and NORCAT will work together to offer mine worker training and development programs to Chilean mining companies and contractors and develop an operating model to enable mining tech companies to develop, test, and demonstrate emerging technologies both in Chile and in Sudbury at NORCAT’s Underground Centre.On January 23rd, 2019 CNP will host industry leaders to present the Primer Encuentro de ValidaciÓn TecnolÓgica para la MinerÍa and NORCAT will discuss its role as the global “one-stop shop” for all that is the future of mining technology and how it has created a vibrant tech ecosystem at the NORCAT Underground Centre.