With the blessings of the Prime Minister (represented by Mayor of St. Catherine, His Worship Norman Scott) and the Minister of Education the training programme was launched at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
The programme is a fortunate coincidence of purpose for the two organizations. JFLL operates Adult Learning Centres in every parish including several in Kingston where the 100 scholarship recipients attend classes to advance their education towards ultimately securing a High School Diploma. This coincides with Jambisco’s history of philanthropy and community involvement, providing them with an opportunity to support the Three Miles community in which they operate.
In her message, delivered by His Worship Norman Scott, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller urged the learners to strive for success in the programme and to ensure they stayed with it to completion in order to reap the greatest reward. She also took the opportunity to laud the Jamaica Biscuit Company for its contribution to education.
The J$500,000 scholarship programme is designed to support learners during their course of study, covering tuition fees. For its part, JFLL through its Workplace and Community Unit will manage the scholarship award and its participants. This will entail learner sensitization and orientation, diagnostic assessment, placement and monitoring and evaluation.
Like its other project based interventions in communities and companies, the Workplace and Community unit will furnish Jambisco with regular reports of learner activity, attendance and advancement over the one (1) year life of the scholarship.
In his contribution as guest speaker, Minister of Education, the Hon Rev. Ronald Thwaites also lauded Jambisco for their contribution to adult education. He exhorted that “if you think education is expensive try ignorance,” in drawing a contrast between the cost of acquiring an education versus the opportunity cost associated with someone without an education.