Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Photos: Renovated resource centre opens at US Embassy

From left to right: Councillor of the Mona Division, Andrew Bellamy; Acting Charge d'Affaires of the American Embassy, Mark Seibel; State Minister in the Ministry of industry and Commerce, Floyd Green and Jeremiah Knight, Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy at the  Paul Robeson American Center. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

From left to right: Councillor of the Mona Division, Andrew Bellamy; Acting Charge d'Affaires of the American Embassy, Mark Seibel; State Minister in the Ministry of industry and Commerce, Floyd Green and Jeremiah Knight, Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy at the Paul Robeson American Center. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

The US Embassy of Jamaica officially unveiled the recently renovated Paul Robeson American Center at its Old Hope Road premises in St Andrew last Tuesday with an aim to uplift the youth of the surrounding communities, schools and the wider Jamaica with the improved facilities.

According to Acting Charge d'Affaires of the American Embassy, Mark Seibel, the facility will help to foster the longstanding connection between the US and Jamaica.

He said the resource centre, is one of more than 650 facilities that the US has set up across the globe, which will also assist in increasing mutual understanding and partnership between the two nations, through community-focused programmes.

American Resource Centre at US Embassy

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Seibel said: "The centre promotes the values of openness and accessibility that are core American values, just as they are core values here in Jamaica. It is well positioned to deliver compelling programming designed to attract and engage audiences in conversations and activities tied to these core values”.

The improved library will continue with its main programmes in Jamaica, which are education, cultural and educational exchange, US exchange and alumni engagement and affinity clubs.

State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, encouraged embassy officials to continue to foster the bond between the two countries, by helping the island's youth in the creative arts industry, technology and Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME).

Green said that though the island has made strides in several areas, the creative arts industry is often downplayed, but he hopes that the facility will be able to assist in bringing technology to the sector.

The Paul Robeson American Center will facilitate educational and cultural exchange programs, highlighting American culture and promoting mutual understanding between the US and Jamaica.    

He urged embassy officials to ensure that the island's youths will use the facilities to become creators of technology and "not just consumers" with the hope that they will be leaders in fields such as robotics.

He said, "imagine what can happen now when we ensure that Papine High, Mona High, that the primary schools get that introduction into robotics. Oftentimes they want to have that introduction but the lack of resources make it difficult.”

He also urged the US Embassy to use the facility to facilitate young entrepreneurs from the US to interact with their Jamaican peers. He said a number of Jamaican youth have good business ideas but need the opportunity for them "to come to life in a legal way".

 

 

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