Gayle honours local heroes
GAYLE, St Mary: INETEEN LOCAL heroes from Gayle, St Mary, were honoured earlier this week at a special event, which paid tribute to citizens and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who have shown considerable commitment to community service.
The Gayle Police and Citizens’ Interaction Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Ture Missionary Church in Lucky Hill under the theme ‘Recognising our Local Heroes,’ featured items from local gospel singers and police youth clubs and an inspiring greeting from Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Senator Pearnel Charles Jr.
Speaking after the awards show, Charles told Rural Xpress: “Today, we’re lifting up the Gayle community, specifically the interaction between the police and citizens here, which seems to be a model for community policing AGRICULTURE IS being fingered as the key to development, and in a bid to have it structured in order to maximise its full potential, State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture J.C. Hutchinson has relaunched the school-gardening programme. According to him, school gardens have been up and running for some time, but he has taken it a step further to ensure its sustainability.
“It goes up and comes down and is not monitored properly, so we intend to see how we can, within the next two years, have a school garden up and running in all the schools.”
It costs approximately $300,000 to get an average oneacre school garden into production, and the ministry is seeking sponsors to fund the venture and to assist with fencing, fertilisers, irrigation, and other tools essential to the upkeep of the garden.
Hutchinson has established several purposes for the schoolgardening programme. “They will be used to train students in farming and help them understand that money is there to be made out of farming. We are saying to the children. “We want you to take the lessons you will learn in agriculture because there are profits to be made. The school gardens will also be used as demonstration plots by RADA for training farmers and providing them with technical advice where necessary,” he said. Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Senator Pearnel Charles Jr (right) alongside project leader Inspector Leston Pinnock (left) and 13 community-focused residents and police officers at The Gayle Police and Citizens’ Interaction Awards Ceremony in St Mary.
that needs to be replicated across the country.
“What we’ve seen here is that authentic success comes from the positive deliberations and calculated effort to ensure the police are working with citizens, and so we have awarded a number of district constables and citizens, all of whom I have defined as community heroes.
“They are the backbone, the potential, the people who are there when everybody else comes and goes, so we really have to acknowledge, recognise, salute, and say to them: ‘Continue with your good work. You stand as an inspiration for other citizens and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.’”
Charles added: “What we are Managing Director of Newport Fersan Dennis Valdez plants an ackee tree at the Mocho Primary School under the revamped school-gardening programme.
A major part of the schoolgardening programme is to have all the produce going to the school’s breakfast programme. “Thirty per cent of students in Jamaica go to school without breakfast, and that hampers their learning abilities. I have realised that through the breakfast programme in my constituency because school attendance has
improved and so has the students’ academic performance,” the minister said.
A system will be set up to put the unused produce into processing. Partnering with 4H to ensure the school garden programme is sustained, school gardens will be established in every parish.
Robert Miller, senior adviser
trying to do is create a safer nation, and that starts by having individuals take up the mantle and understand they have to get involved, stay alert, and be aware. Those individuals will create safer homes, neighbourhoods, and communities, and that’s the only way to create success. There’s no other formula.”