Juliet is back

Cuth­bert-Flynn re­turns to the po­lit­i­cal scene with re­newed fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for West Ru­ral St An­drew Juliet Cuth­bertF­lynn has re­turned to her po­lit­i­cal du­ties seven weeks af­ter giv­ing birth.

The MP, who is also a five­time Olympian, re­sumed her representational work with a re­newed fo­cus on her ed­u­ca­tion agenda.

Thirty stu­dents at­tend­ing ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions re­cently ben­e­fited from fi­nan­cial aid from Cuth­bert-Flynn – a timely ges­ture as many would have ended up for­go­ing their ed­u­ca­tion with­out the as­sis­tance.

Cuth­bert-Flynn has also do­nated a com­puter sys­tem to the Red Hills Ba­sic School and six chess play­ing boards to the Stony Hill Pri­mary and Junior High School.


“I’ve stressed many times the im­por­tance of im­prov­ing our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem if we want to de­velop as a na­tion,” said Cuth­bert-Flynn.

“These ini­tia­tives are a part of the big­ger plan to em­power the young peo­ple of West Ru­ral St An­drew so they can have a more ful­filled life,” added the first-time MP.

Cuth­bert-Flynn had a re­sound­ing vic­tory in the Fe­bru­ary 25 gen­eral elec­tion, win­ning by al­most 2,000 while deal­ing with her preg­nancy.

Through­out her cam­paign she said ed­u­ca­tion, wa­ter and proper road in­fras­truc­ture would be her fo­cus.

She added that the dy­nam­ics of ed­u­ca­tion train­ing are con­stantly evolv­ing, and that the in­tro­duc­tion of chess in schools is a re­flec­tion of that.

The MP has part­nered with the Ja­maica Chess Fed­er­a­tion Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for West Ru­ral St An­drew Juliet Cuth­bert-Flynn (right) makes a pre­sen­ta­tion to prin­ci­pal of Red Hills Ba­sic School, Sharon Young, while some of the stu­dents look on. (JCF) and plans to in­tro­duce the game to schools through­out her con­stituency to sup­port ed­u­ca­tion devel­op­ment. The ini­tia­tive will be launched at the Stony Hill Pri­mary and Junior High School, Lawrence Tav­ern Pri­mary and Red Hills Pri­mary.

Peter My­ers, vice-pres­i­dent of the JCF and chair­man of the Endgame Chess Club, will be lead­ing the pro­gramme, start­ing with the Stony Hill Pri­mary and Junior High School.

“One of the most im­por­tant in­no­va­tions in ed­u­ca­tion is the in­tro­duc­tion of chess in schools to fa­cil­i­tate im­proved re­sults,” said My­ers.

“In a re­cent study con­ducted on stu­dents from grades two to five in Ar­me­nia over a two-year pe­riod, it showed that chess lessons can pro­mote pos­i­tive devel­op­ment in stu­dents in the ar­eas of log­i­cal think­ing, cre­ativ­ity, mem­ory and in­tel­lect, among oth­ers,” added My­ers.

Cuth­bert-Flynn also pointed out that along with her ed­u­ca­tion plans, a ma­jor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project has be­gun on the Mount Salus main road in an ef­fort to im­prove the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents in that area.



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