Sunday 12 July, 2020

Schools invited to register for Trees for Peace Competition

Students from Prospect Primary School in St. Thomas relax in their Peace Garden.

Students from Prospect Primary School in St. Thomas relax in their Peace Garden.

The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is inviting schools islandwide to register for the 2019/2020 Trees for Peace Competition by November 30, 2019.

To participate in this competition, schools are encouraged to share a picture of the planned area that will be converted into its peace garden along with a registration form via email to

Registration forms can also be accessed on the VPA website at

The VPA will again collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in promoting Trees for Peace Competition, which focuses on respect, tolerance, care for the environment and each other.

Peace gardens will be judged in February to March of 2020 and cash prizes and trophies will be given to the top three schools. Parish winners will be given plaques and all schools will receive a certificate of participation.

The 2018 competition was a success with the winning school being Prospect Primary in St Thomas; second place winner was Naggo Head Infant School in Portmore, St Catherine and Holy Family Primary School in Kingston, which placed third.

Last year the Trees for Peace Competition was supported by: main sponsor, CB Facey Foundation; JN Foundation; Sandals Foundation; Forestry Department; National Environment and Planning Agency; the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica; Jamaica 4-H Clubs; Trees that Feed Foundation; Early Childhood Commission; Mona GeoInformatics Institute; Nature Preservation Foundation, Food for the Poor and Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

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