Tuesday 19 March, 2019

PCJ Schools Energy Programme celebrates 15 years with church service

Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's CFO, Robert Clarke presents a cheque to Bethel United Associate Pastor, Gene Hylton, during the PCJ's 15th anniversary celebration for its Schools Energy Programme. PCJ's corporate affairs and communication manager, Cammille Taylor shares in the occasion. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's CFO, Robert Clarke presents a cheque to Bethel United Associate Pastor, Gene Hylton, during the PCJ's 15th anniversary celebration for its Schools Energy Programme. PCJ's corporate affairs and communication manager, Cammille Taylor shares in the occasion. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) kicked off the 15th anniversary celebration of its Schools Energy Programme on Sunday with a church service at Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic), South Camp Road.

Executives of the state agency and schools that are benefiting from the programme joined the regular congregation for the worship, which included special events to celebrate the occasion.

Speaking at the event, Camille Taylor, manager of corporate affairs and communications at PCJ, said the Schools Energy Programme was conceptualised to create awareness about energy issues among the island’s youths by engaging primary and high school students through interactive seminars that feature presentations from industry professionals.

Students are also taken on educational tours of various energy generating facilities as well as entities that have incorporated energy efficiency into their operations and given the opportunity to put the knowledge garnered into science, essay, poster and jingle competitions, Taylor said.

She added that the programme started as an energy conservation and incentive programme with 15 inner-city schools in 2003 and has now multiplied to more than 100 schools across the island participating annually.

“The PCJ has been and remains resolute in its stance that awareness about energy issues is critical to addressing the country’s energy needs," Taylor said.

"By sensitising our young citizens to a matter of national interest such as energy, we are hoping to initiate a paradigm shift, where people give careful thought to their energy use and habits and its impact,” she added.

So far, the programme has impacted over 8,700 students from 720 schools since its inception, with other sponsors helping to dole out almost $14 million in prizes to the winners of the various competitions.

During the service, chief financial officer of PCJ, Robert Clarke, made a monetary donation on behalf of the entity to help with Bethel United's charity programmes.

Bethel United Associate Pastor, Gene Hylton lauded PCJ for being good corporate citizens and assisting schools with needed supply to offset the burden on the Ministry of Education.

PCJ School Energy Programme 15th Anniversary Service

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