UNESCO raises sup­port to Ja de­spite bud­get cuts

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

FOUR LO­CAL en­ti­ties have re­ceived close to $10 mil­lion in grant fund­ing from the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNESCO) to carry out projects in the ar­eas of mu­sic, gen­der, youth de­vel­op­ment and science.

The re­cip­i­ents are the Ja­maica Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion for the re­vival of mento mu­sic; the In­sti­tute of Gen­der and De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies for re­search into con­tem­po­rary mas­culin­i­ties; the Ja­maica Fed­er­a­tion of UNESCO Clubs, Cen­tres and As­so­ci­a­tions for en­gag­ing youth in UNESCO-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties; and the Ja­maica Na­tional Com­mis­sion for UNESCO for its project geared at sup­port­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a new Caribbean Bio­sphere in the World Net­work of Bio­spheres.

Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Gen­der, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport Olivia Grange wel­comed the fund­ing.

She said that de­spite UNESCO bud­get cuts, Ja­maica man­aged to se­cure a 10 per cent in­crease in fi­nan­cial sup­port for projects from the or­gan­i­sa­tion over the 2014-15 pe­riod.

“I be­lieve that this has a lot to do with the work of our team at the (Ja­maica) Na­tional Com­mis­sion as well as the qual­ity of the projects that we were able to en­dorse for fund­ing con­sid­er­a­tion this year,” said Grange at the cheque hand over cer­e­mony at her of­fice in New Kingston on Wed­nes­day.

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