Church in­vited to part­ner with ed­u­ca­tion min­istry

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

David Mair (sec­ond left), ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Food For The Poor, ac­cepts a $250,000 cheque from Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers (PwC) team mem­bers (from left) Leighton McKnight, Peter Wil­liams, Re­cardo Nathan, Gail Moore, Damion Dodd, Rochelle Sa­muels, Shantel Biggs, Wendy Pa­trick­son, Samantha Mor­ris and Paul Cobourne. The cheque was do­nated to the or­gan­i­sa­tion dur­ing a han­dover cer­e­mony yes­ter­day at the PwC head of­fice at the Sco­tia Cen­tre in down­town Kingston. This was part of the com­pany’s larger cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme, which aims to as­sist lo­cal char­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ties across Ja­maica. MIN­IS­TER OF state in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion, Floyd Green, is invit­ing the Church to part­ner with the min­istry to ex­pand its role in the devel­op­ment of young peo­ple.

Ad­dress­ing a church ser­vice to launch Na­tional Youth Month (Novem­ber) on Sun­day at the Steer Town New Tes­ta­ment Church of God, St Ann, Green said the youth must be en­er­gised and equipped with the req­ui­site skills to be pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens.

“What is crit­i­cal in all of this is the role of the Church. For a very long time, the Church has been an agent of youth devel­op­ment. I think that the Church must recog­nise that now, more than ever, she must seek to ex­pand on that pro­gramme,” he in­formed.

The min­is­ter of state said that churches of­ten­times re­mained closed for the greater part of the week and the min­istry would be look­ing at ways to change this.

“We need our churches to be reach­ing out into the com­mu­ni­ties and bring­ing in our young peo­ple, to help with train­ing, to help them to learn Chris­tian prin­ci­ples. There is noth­ing wrong with learn­ing kind­ness, re­spect and lov­ing your neigh­bour as your­self,” Green said.

“I am say­ing to the Church, join with us at the Min­istry of Youth in a very real way. Let us part­ner in a real sense, where we are run­ning youth pro­grammes through the churches. We have to do this now, be­cause if we don’t, we are go­ing to lose the Ja­maica that we love,” he added.

Na­tional Youth Month will be ob­served un­der the theme ‘En­er­gis­ing Youth’, and the ac­tiv­i­ties will be an­chored on the ex­plo­ration of eco­nomic and per­sonal ad­vance­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties through sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, and the cre­ative in­dus­tries.

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