Edmund Bartlett gets emotional, and tourism’s not in the picture
Edmund Bartlett at the recent scholarship awards ceremony in Montego Bay.
Veteran politician, Edmund Bartlett, the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Central St James and Tourism Minister of Jamaica, recently handed over scholarships amounting to some $10 million to nearly 80 students through his East Central St James Scholarship and Welfare Fund (ECSJWF).
During the awards ceremony, held at the Iberostar Hotel in St James, Bartlett was touched by a video which highlighted testimonials from four recipients of ECSJWF.
The impassioned Bartlett indicated that the video should be seen by Jamaicans to prove that political leadership does serve to uplift the average person.
"I want this video to go to all of Jamaica. I don't want it to praise me, I don't want it to go to cause bad mind to suggest that this is self-serving, because it is not. I want it to go to show those who believe that political leadership does not uplift the average person from the state that they are in. I want it to go to be a game changer, (in) that we do make a difference to the difficulties that may exist," Bartlett indicated.
He added that as far back as 1980 when he was Member of Parliament in Eastern St Andrew, he has been providing students in his constituency with scholarships.
"This year is my 30th year as a member of parliament in Jamaica. And this year will be 17 years since I have been (a) minister of government in Jamaica, and I have not been able to quantify the number of recipients of this programme over the years, but I will suggest it has numbered thousands... But in all the years that I have had the occasion to bring young people together in this way, and to offer support in their intellectual pursuits, this is the first time that I have really been so emotionally disturbed," Bartlett stated.
"My years of joy and satisfaction in the public service have not been as minister of tourism; my years of satisfaction and joy in tourism has not been in the executive leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party that I have served for 40 years and more. My years of satisfaction and glory has been in the lives of the young people of the constituencies that I have been, who have been transformed and made better."