“Mr Seaga has in many ways taught us how to value and appreciate our history and culture. He brought significance to much of what we would have taken for granted and so our sense of inquiry into our past is what is helping us to better understand who we are today.”
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has underscored the importance of empowering professionals in the creative industries to operate at an optimum level as it is the creative industries that are now driving modern economies.
History will be made at this year's INSPORTS Basic Schools Athletics Champs as for the first time the top performing institutions will be receiving prize money.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (left), celebrates the signing of a partnership agreement between Real Madrid Football Club and Sandals Resorts International to stage a five-day football clinic for 50 children under the age of 13 and 30 coaches in Jamaica in May 2019. Others in the photo from left are Andres Muntaner, New Projects, Clinics and Campus Manager Real Madrid Foundation; Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International and Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Alando Terrelonge is calling on the country’s sporting associations to assign a psychologist to all national sports teams.
Jamaica has been successful in securing a place on yet another high-profile UNESCO Committee.
The country was elected unopposed to a seat on the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), at the General Assembly of the Convention which ended on June 6 in Paris, France.
The Jamaican delegation was led by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange.
In reacting to the successful bid, Minister Grange said:
“Jamaica expresses its sincere thanks for the overwhelming support we have received. We are heartened by the show of camaraderie particularly by St. Kitts and Nevis, who withdrew and in the end provided full backing for Jamaica to sit on the Committee. We do not take this level of support for granted”.
The following 12 countries are now members of the Committee:
Group I - The Netherlands
Group II - Azerbaijan, Poland
Group III - Jamaica
Group IV - China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka
Group V(a) - Cameroon, Djibouti, Togo
Group V (b) - Kuwait
The election to the Committee marks the first time Jamaica is to serve on this prestigious UNESCO body. Having earlier this year seen the election of Minister Grange to the UNESCO Executive Board and her selection as Chair of the Conventions and Recommendations Committee, Jamaica now stands tall in the halls of this hallowed World Cultural powerhouse.
It was only last November that Jamaica completed a successful four-year mandate on the World Heritage Committee.
In addressing the General Assembly, Minister Grange encouraged countries that are party to the Convention to make every effort to build capacity within local communities to increase sustainable development for creative practitioners, culture bearers and the community at large.
The Minister emphasised the role which Jamaica’s intangible heritage has played in shaping the country’s identity and in providing economic benefits to communities and individuals in Jamaica.
She told the General Assembly:
“Jamaica is proud of the fact that the musical heritage of the Maroons has been recognised through its inscription in 2008. We also look forward to future inscriptions of our Reggae music and the new religion of Rastafari, which we have given the world. Jamaica encourages all countries to seek to work towards recognition of their indigenous elements through inscription”.
The 13th session of the ICH Committee will take place in Mauritius in November 2018 where Jamaica's submission for the inscription of Reggae music on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will be considered.
Declaring that "no one must be left behind" the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, launched a new initiative to help adolescent mothers to complete their high school education.
"Yasheka, you can consider your balance paid," said the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, after listening to the story of the young mother who is struggling with the cost of her nursing programme at Excelsior Community College.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says she is delighted by the news that for the first time a woman, in the person of Corporal Arlene McBean, has been selected Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Honourable Olivia Grange poses with a replica cheque for JMD $1,000,000 with Mr Zhishuai Yao, Deputy Manager for Investment and Business at China Harbour Engineering Company. The money was donated by CHEC to assist with national Labour Day projects. China Harbour will also be undertaking their own projects at Ferry Basic School, Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School and Sandhurst Basic School. Minister Grange thanked Mr Yao for the donation noting that it will go a far way toward making the Labour Day projects a reality. Labour Day will be observed on May 23.