JCF Cops 2018 United Way Most Outstanding EmployeeGiving Organisation Award

Story Highlights The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has, for the 10th year, copped the United Way of Jamaica’s (UWJ) Most Outstanding Employee-Giving Organisation Award, which it landed for 2018.The JCF received the coveted award, among other prizes, for contributing to the UWJ’s work through salary deductions from over 7,000 policemen and policewomen.The National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) was awarded a gold medal for being adjudged the Most Outstanding Giving Organisation.Woman Inspector Barbara Robinson, who is attached to the NPJ, received a Gold medal for being the Most Outstanding Employee Giving Coordinator, while Constables Tariq McAllister and Omar Williams were also recognised for being exemplary donors.The awards and prizes were presented during UWJ’s 2019 Nation Builders and Employees Awards ceremony, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Inspector Robinson told JIS News that the JCF’s members are seized of the need to give back, noting that “they have been responding to the call… and have contributed well”.“United Way of Jamaica does excellent work in the communities… [in particular] they have contributed significantly to early childhood education,” she said, while encouraging other groups and individuals to assist the organisation.Dr. Robert Chen, who, again, got the award for Highest Individual Donor, said his unwavering dedication to supporting the UWJ for over 10 years is in keeping with a family tradition to give, while emphasising the need for more people to do likewise.“We didn’t get here by ourselves… people helped us to get here. So you have to give back. If we give more, it will benefit Jamaica in every way,” he told JIS News.Carreras Limited received the award for the Highest Corporate Donor, and the company’s Finance Director, Janene Shaw, said she anticipates an ongoing and fruitful successful partnership, “as we continue to support the United Way in its operations, particularly in nation-building”.In lauding United Way, Director for Sector Support at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Nordia Seymour Hall, said, in recent years, the organisation has helped to train over 390 teachers across 80 early-childhood institutions (ECIs), improved safety at 56 schools in nine parishes, and provided grant funding for six of the most at-risk ECIs in five parishes.Meanwhile, guest speaker, and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, said UWJ is making a “real difference” to people in need.He described the organisation as “good people doing good things’, adding that the contributions of civic-minded persons and organisations enable United Way “to do far more than what each of us as individuals could achieve”.Meanwhile, UWJ Chair, Dr. Marcia Forbes, said the organisation’s primary focus is providing funding support for projects that will “enhance the development of communities in Jamaica and better the lives of people who live or work in those communities”.She indicated that the UWJ, which supports at-risk youth in several communities, is looking to establish a homework centre at its offices in downtown Kingston as also stage fund-raising events to offset some of the operational costs.A donor management system is also being developed to improve coordination with contributors. The National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) was awarded a Gold medal for being adjudged the Most Outstanding Giving Organisation. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has, for the 10th year, copped the United Way of Jamaica’s (UWJ) Most Outstanding Employee-Giving Organisation Award, which it landed for 2018. The JCF received the coveted award, among other prizes, for contributing to the UWJ’s work through salary deductions from over 7,000 policemen and women. read more

School Administrators to be Trained to Better Serve Special Needs Students

Story Highlights Thirty school administrators, including principals, vice principals and members of school Boards from selected schools across the island, will be trained on how to better serve and educate students living with special education needs, at a cost of approximately $2.8 million.This is based on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an Inclusive School Leadership Programme, by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI); the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL).The MOU was signed at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, at Heroes Circle, on Monday (September 23).The participants will be trained in an inclusive school leadership course under the programme.The course is aimed at strengthening the capacity of Principals to create inclusive school environments that will ensure children living with disabilities can be successfully enrolled in mainstream schools.Training will be funded by JSIF. However, NCEL, an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information with the mandate of leading strategic initiatives that will improve school leadership, will work alongside the Special Education Unit in the Ministry, to develop and administer the professional development course for the programme.Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Barbara Allen, who delivered a speech on behalf of Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr. Grace McLean, said the signing of the MOU is in keeping with the mandate of the Ministry’s Special Education Unit, which has responsibility for educational provisions for students with special needs.“The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information recognises the value of collaboration and, therefore, welcomes this opportunity. We recognise that children with diverse needs populate our education system. Inclusive education enables the creation of an environment for different students to learn side by side in the same setting,” Ms. Allen said.“With the help of JSIF, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be much more advanced in serving our special needs student population,” she added.For his part, Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said JSIF decided to fund this initiative under its Basic Needs Trust Fund because it will offer well-needed support to leaders in schools.“That’s important, because while we do things in the classrooms [for students living with special needs], it is also important that we spend the necessary time to focus on the principals and the vice principals who provide leadership in the schools,” he said.For her part, Director and Principal, NCEL, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton, reiterated that it is important to train the principals, vice principals and members of school Boards regarding educating students with special needs.“The course will seek to help educators to transform their physical school environments and classrooms to encourage inclusivity and to facilitate the maximum learning of children with disabilities; make intentional attempts to inculcate in teachers the dispositions needed for them to create inclusive classrooms and elevate the confidence of students with disabilities, through the creation and implementation of an Inclusive School Plan,” Dr. Ingleton said. The MOU was signed at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, at Heroes Circle, on Monday (September 23). This is based on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an Inclusive School Leadership Programme, by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI); the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL). Thirty school administrators, including principals, vice principals and members of school Boards from selected schools across the island, will be trained on how to better serve and educate students living with special education needs, at a cost of approximately $2.8 million. read more