Gayle hon­ours lo­cal heroes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - Orantes Moore Gleaner Writer Shanique Sa­muels Gleaner Writer

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.

NCOMMUNITY POLIC­ING

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.

PROF­ITABLE

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.”

PHOTO BY ORANTES MOORE

PHOTO BY SHANIQUE SA­MUELS

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