Saturday 15 December, 2018

PJ Patterson among leaders to address students in empowerment sessions

Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson will return to his alma mater, Calabar High School at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28.

Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson will return to his alma mater, Calabar High School at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28.

Students and teachers at Immaculate Conception High, Calabar High, Camperdown High and St. Andrew High schools are busy preparing for the visit of four of the island’s national leaders to their schools during the week of November 26. 

They are wife of the Governor General Lady Allen; Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn; former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips.

The visits are part of the Kingston & St. Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation’s Student Motivation and Empowerment programme aimed at encouraging students to pursue peace and excellence, by fostering an understanding of and commitment to the principles and standards expected of good and productive citizens. 

On Monday, November 26, Lady Allen will be at the Immaculate Conception High School at 8 a.m., while Lewellyn will address students at St Andrew High School for Girls also at 8 a.m. on the same day.

Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson will return to his alma mater, Calabar High School at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, while on Thursday, November 29, Dr. Peter Phillips, Leader of the Opposition will speak to students at Camperdown High, beginning 11 a.m.

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson.

The  KSADHF’s Student Motivation and Empowerment programme began with Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ visit to the Penwood High School, in his constituency, on November 6.  He spoke on leadership development, civic responsibility and how to get to the next step to achieve individual goals.  The prime minister engaged with the students who asked questions for about one hour after his presentation.

Among the other outstanding Jamaicans who have so far agreed to address students as part of the KSADHF’s initiative are Prof. Hopeton Dunn, CARIMAC, UWI; Dr. Leith Dunn, Lecturer, UWI; Hon. Steadman Fuller, Chairman, KSADHF; Jean Lowrie-Chin, Managing Director, PROComm; Anthony Hylton, Opposition Spokesperson, Industry Investment and Commerce; Dr. Gary Welsh, Assistant Commissioner of Police; Leneka Rhoden, Miss Kingston & St. Andrew; Dr. Wayne Henry, Director General, PIOJ and Dr. Trevor Hamilton, Managing Director, Thaconsults.

At the recent official launch of the programme, Custos Steadman Fuller, Chairman of the KSADHF noted that the objective was to get 40 outstanding citizens to begin a conversation with young Jamaicans who have been stigmatized as rude and uncouth.

“We must take responsibility to ensure that Jamaican students are given opportunities to develop as leaders and be ready to replace those of us who are now managing our country and the various businesses. I personally believe that our generation is afraid of the fact that we’ll have to hand over leadership to our young people in a short time.  But we have to prepare them to take over from now,” said Custos Fuller.

“With this in mind, we must communicate the principles and ideals needed for them to realise their potential,” he continued.

The KSADHF will be recommending this programme to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information for implementation in all high schools across the island.

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