Saturday 15 December, 2018

VPA urges schools to register for Trees for Peace Competition

Nesline Lawrence( left in background), principal of Prospect Primary School takes a group photo with her students before the winning Peace Garden in the Trees for Peace Competition. Sharing in the moment are Richard Troupe ( second right in background) , safety and security coordinator at the Ministry of Education,Youth and Information and Dr. Elizabeth Ward, chair of the VPA. The presentation was made to the school last month.

Nesline Lawrence( left in background), principal of Prospect Primary School takes a group photo with her students before the winning Peace Garden in the Trees for Peace Competition. Sharing in the moment are Richard Troupe ( second right in background) , safety and security coordinator at the Ministry of Education,Youth and Information and Dr. Elizabeth Ward, chair of the VPA. The presentation was made to the school last month.

The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is inviting schools across the island to register for the 2019 Trees for Peace Competition by December 15, 2018.

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 2019 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.

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 vpajamaica@gmail.com. Registration forms can also be accessed on the VPA website at www.vpajamaica.org

Support for the project has also come from other stakeholders including: 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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