Scholarships for Students Wishing to Pursue Studies in Agriculture

first_img “As part of our Youth in Farming initiative, the Jamaica 4-H Club also provides training in entrepreneurship for youngsters across the island. After successful completion of the entrepreneurship training, the beneficiaries are provided with the necessary support to start their own farming enterprise,” Mr. Ewart told JIS News. Students wishing to pursue studies in Agriculture at high schools, colleges and vocational institutions may apply for one of the many scholarships in this area, donated  by the Jamaica 4-H Club.The students  must reside or attend school in St. Ann, Manchester and St. Catherine. They may apply for the Rio Tinto scholarship using application forms available at eligible institutions in the parishes or through the Jamaica 4-H offices in the parishes. Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year close mid-August.“We currently operate the Rio Tinto (Alcan Legacy) Fund where we provide scholarships to students in these parishes, because these are the parishes in which Alcan (Bauxite Company) conducted operations in the past,” Director of Field Services, Jamaica 4-H Club, Garfield Ewart, told JIS NEWS.“What they are doing is to help residents of those parishes have alternative means of income outside of bauxite mining,”  he said.Since 2015, the 4-H Club has awarded over 300 such scholarships. During the 2017- 2018 academic year, a total of 147 awards were granted to students in the value of $8.8 million.“A lot of people are not aware that through the 4-H Club you have the opportunity to study at a tertiary agricultural institution,” noted Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the Jamaica 4-H Club, Karelle McCormack.She told JIS News that scholarships from the organisation can be accessed through the Youth in Agriculture programme, as well as other specialized entrepreneurship training schemes.Under the Jamaica 4-H Club’s scholarship programme, grants are awarded in three main categories – Youth in Agriculture, Youth in Farming and Youth in Agricultural Education.Scholarships are also given in partnership with other institutions, such as the Hanover Charity, a non-profit organization which provides scholarships for students attending agricultural institutions, including Knockalva and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).“As part of our Youth in Farming initiative, the Jamaica 4-H Club also provides training in entrepreneurship for youngsters across the island. After successful completion of the entrepreneurship training, the beneficiaries are provided with the necessary support to start their own farming enterprise,” Mr. Ewart told JIS News.The value of the scholarships depends on the institution, and covers tuition fees and related expenses. Students need to get a recommendation from the school and must ensure that their institution is aware of the application. Students wishing to pursue studies in Agriculture at high schools, colleges and vocational institutions may apply for one of the many scholarships in this area, donated  by the Jamaica 4-H Club.   “A lot of people are not aware that through the 4-H Club you have the opportunity to study at a tertiary agricultural institution,” noted Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the Jamaica 4-H Club, Karelle McCormack. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Education Ministry to Receive 10,000 ICT Devices

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a Jamaican diaspora organisation in the United States is to donate more than 10,000 information and communications and technology (ICT) devices to the education sector. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a Jamaican diaspora organisation in the United States is to donate more than 10,000 information and communications and technology (ICT) devices to the education sector.The items will include computer servers, laptops and desktop computers, the Minister noted.Senator Reid was speaking to JIS News at the opening of a new classroom for grade one at the Mona Heights Primary School in Kingston on Thursday (October 25).The Minister pointed out that the offer was made when he attended the Enactus World Cup 2018, held from October 9 to 11 in Silicon Valley, California, in the United States.Senator Reid said following talks with representatives of the organisation, the California-based non-profit organisation will donate an estimated 10,000 computer items annually.“We are hoping that by June, if not before, we can get all those devices and have them distributed across our schools,” the Minister said.Senator Reid pointed out that the additional equipment will help to address the challenges in technical subject areas such as mathematics and science.“We have to get our students and teachers to recognise that the Internet is a tremendous asset in terms of teaching and learning, but we have to provide the equipment,” he said.The Minister said the collaboration is timely, as the Ministry is encouraging more computer-aided teaching in the classroom.“We will make sure that we provide support in terms of Internet connectivity or offline solutions by having information backed up on servers, so that this can be used.We have to prepare our schools and students for the imperatives of the future, and we are very happy for this contribution from the diaspora,” he added.He also noted that the United Kingdom-based diaspora charity, Angel Foundation, has indicated an interest in supporting the Ministry’s ICT thrust.The new classroom was constructed, furnished and outfitted with a state-of-the-art multimedia projector, flat-screen television and a reading corner, at a cost of $3.5 million provided through the school’s fundraising activities and stakeholder contribution.In 2017, the Ministry provided $4 million to construct bathroom facilities for the grade-one block.Also attending the ceremony were Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams; and Councillor for the Mona Division, Andrew Bellamy. Story Highlightscenter_img The items will include computer servers, laptops and desktop computers, the Minister noted. last_img read more

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