Careers & Education

St Thomas high schools to pool resources

THWAITES… established joint

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has established a joint committee to identify areas of mutual interest and cooperation among three St Thomas high schools, with the goal of improving education outcomes. The first area of cooperation starts in September with the setting up of a reading laboratory ... Read More

Parents have a place in school
SCHOOLS are opening their doors to parents who want to learn how to help educate their children. La ... Read More

Latin America and Caribbean Latin America’s education system under pressure
LIMA, Peru — Every week, public school students in Latin America are deprived of the equivalen ... Read More

Canada gears up for express entry of skilled migrants
THE Citizenship and Immigration Minister in Canada, Chris Alexander, recently met with stakeholders ... Read More

Cavelle Johnston: lead attorney

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Cavelle Johnston (centre) and her team from the Civil Litigation Department at Townsend, Whyte
and Porter, Terri-Ann Guyah (left) and Kaysian Kennedy. (PHOTOS: TYRONE SIMMS)

SHE wears many hats but humility is the main one. She's the lead attorney in the Civil Litigation Department at Townsend, Whyte and Porter; chair of the membership committee for the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston; head of the hospitality ministry at her church; and she draws well. She is Cavelle Johnston. Focus and hard work, coupled with academic achievement have been Johnston's focus, and she boasts a colourful career, while balancing life and family. Johnston spent her early years as a journ ... Read More

How to survive the politics of the workplace — Pt 2

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Don't tear your hair out because of workplace stress.

FORGET reality TV shows like Survivor; the workplace is one of the best training grounds for you to learn and display your survival skills as it will present you with some of your greatest battles and life lessons. If you can fight workplace battles and win, you can win on any other battleground, for the skills you acquire will help you in other areas of your life. Full of interesting characters and unnecessary battles, surviving the workplace is like a game of chess for any career-driven pers ... Read More

Nadine Valentine gets grant to research wellness tourism

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

THE Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has awarded Nadine Valentine, an office manager at the University of the West Indies (UWI), a US$2,500 tuition grant to conduct research on wellness tourism in Jamaica. Valentine is currently pursuing a master's degree in tourism and hospitality management at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM). Valentine is an active member of the MSBM community, where her entrepreneurship proposal is the establishment of a plant tissue culture laboratory ... Read More

Nathaniel Peat: Enterprising entrepreneur

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

PEAT... the idea is never to
reinvent the wheel

GROWING up in the United Kingdom, multi-award winning entrepreneur Nathaniel Peat was faced with stereotypes of what West Indian children were perceived to be. Such stereotypes at the time, according to Peat, were that these children were underachievers, drug users, and instigators of crime. It was with the help of God and his parents that Peat said he developed a spirit of resilience and persistence to rise above the challenges. Today Peat, who holds a bachelor of engineering degree with hono ... Read More

Digicel Foundation supports families of children with special needs

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Shannon Eidman, community outreach co-ordinator at Irish Autism Action, encourages
caregivers of children who have learning disabilities at the seminar.

NEARLY 400 caregivers of students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities or emotional and behavioural problems have benefited from a specialised training seminar hosted by Digicel Foundation between July 19 and 24. The training seminar was hosted by the Digicel Foundation in partnership with Irish Autism Action, which seeks to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism. The training was designed and developed following a visit to Jamaica by Iri ... Read More

Ministry again cautions over textbook purchases

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

THE Ministry of Education says it is providing most of the textbooks required at primary schools, and reiterates its call for parents to desist from purchasing unnecessary books. "We provide at least 98 per cent of the books at no cost to students at grades one to three, so our guideline to parents is, if you are going to purchase additional materials, you should only be purchasing one supplementary reader at grades one to three," Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean said. She was deliverin ... Read More

STEM academies to foster human capital development

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

foster enquiring minds

MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites says the plan to introduce academies that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is aligned with the Government's strategic objective of fostering sustained human capital development. The minister said the decision is also in keeping with international trends in education, where more emphasis is being placed on helping students to learn based on their individual aptitudes. "The plan is to transform technical schools and a few sel ... Read More

YEA pushes for introduction of entrepreneurship in schools

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

CURRICULUM specialists are to meet with representatives of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) to discuss the inclusion of entrepreneurship, or elements of it, in the curriculum of secondary and primary schools. Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites gave the undertaking for an "early meeting" on the matter, as he addressed the YEA's quarterly forum held July 15 at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica auditorium in Kingston. The YEA is proposing that the subject 'Entrepreneurship' be intr ... Read More

In recognition of our nurses

Sunday, July 27, 2014    


In recognition of Nurses Week, several nurses from various departments at Savanna-la-mar Public General Hospital were treated to lunch and dinner at Sandals Negril as a token of appreciation for their hard work and significant contribution to the health industry. Here some of the nurses share lens time with regional public relations co-ordinator for Sandals Resorts in Negril, Trevesa DaSilva Ashman (left). In recognition of our nurses --> Read More

Shashana Lawrence is LASCO Nurse of the Year

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Observer writer | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Shashana Lawrence, 2014/2015 LASCO Nurse of the Year, receives her trophy from
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left), chairman and chief executive
officer of LASCO Group of Companies Lascelles Chin (second right), and managing
director of LASCO Distributors Limited Peter Chin.

CRITICAL care nurse Shashana Lawrence was in disbelief on being declared the 2014/2015 LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year. As the youngest nominee, the 30-year-old said, although she scored high marks in the final round of the judging, she thought a more experienced and mature nurse would have received the award. "I really did not expect it given that I was the youngest nominee this year. I am very elated though. I am lost for words. I really did not expect it," Lawrence told the Jamaica Observer sho ... Read More



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