No or­di­nary sum­mer for West­more­land youth

Jamaica Gleaner - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Team mem­bers from the Cana­dian High Com­mis­sion and the Coali­tion of Pro­fes­sion­als for Change Ja­maica join forces to rid the beach of trash at the End of Stones clean-up site along the Pal­isa­does in Kingston. The oc­ca­sion was last Satur­day’s In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day co­or­di­nated by the Ja­maica En­vi­ron­ment Trust.

It was all made pos­si­ble through a sum­mer camp pro­gramme funded by the Ja­maica So­cial In­vest­ment Fund and co­or­di­nated by the Ne­gril Area En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Trust (NEPT).

Dubbed the Rus­sia En­vi­ron­men­tal Ranger Sum­mer Camp, the ini­tia­tive was geared at ex­pos­ing chil­dren and young adults to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cepts and phe­nom­e­non while en­gen­der­ing a spirit of en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

It also aimed to equip them with “the req­ui­site skills for em­ploy­ment in water sports, ma­rine-re­lated and tourism ca­reers”, NEPT said in a re­lease to the me­dia.

The camp ran from Au­gust 8 to Au­gust 23, with train­ing cour­ses such as, Team Ja­maica run by the Tourism Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment Com­pany; first aid and CPR train­ing done by the Ja­maica Red Cross So­ci­ety; swim­ming lessons fa­cil­i­tated by the Ne­gril Wave Run­ners Swim Club; and com­puter and arts and craft classes fa­cil­i­tated by The SOURCE Sa­vanna-la-mar.

To­gether with the Forestry De­part­ment, the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment and Plan­ning Agency, the Min­istry of Health and the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, NEPT also un­der­took a se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions on the en­vi­ron­ment.

At the end of the 12 days of ac­tiv­i­ties, a mu­ral was done on the wall at the cross road in Rus­sia by the young peo­ple from the Rus­sia, Seaton Cres­cent, Bar­racks Road (Gully Banks) and Rick­ets Street com­mu­ni­ties.

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Youth in­volved in the re­cent sum­mer camp put on by the Ne­gril Area En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Trust view the reef through a glass-bot­tom boat dur­ing a tour of the Ne­gril Ma­rine Park.

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