She was speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday, May 1.
The theme for this year’s Labour Day is “Ramp It Up, Fix It Up” and Minister Grange explained that the concept is to build ramps at schools and health centres across the island.
“We are trying to make access to health and education easier for our fellow Jamaicans who are physically challenged.
“This is a responsibility that we hold dear. We recognize that it can be very difficult for our physically challenged members of society to access essential services, so we cannot state enough how important this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities will be.”
The target is to have a total of 130 schools across the island outfitted with ramps to improve ease of access to the ground floors.
She noted that a similar approach is being taken with health centres and the country’s Municipal Corporations will be leading in that regard.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport is partnering with the Office of the Prime Minister, The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, The Ministry of Health and The Ministry of Labour and Social Security to execute the Labour Day activities.
Minister Grange said: “Labour Day 2018 will have life-changing impact for many Jamaicans and this is just part of the transformative approach that we are taking towards improving the lives of our people.
“Outside of the official government projects, we are aware that various alumni, service clubs and community groups will be undertaking specific projects across the country. I want to urge all those who have projects in mind to register them at the ministry’s website www.mcges.gov.jm and the JIS website www.jis.gov.jm ,” she said.
Workers’ Week and Labour Day were officially launched by Prime Minister the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and there were also presentations by Senator Ruel Reid, Minister Education, Youth and Information and Honourable Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security.
Prime Minister Holness said that he will be personally building a ramp at his alma mater, St. Catherine High. He spoke of the importance of Labour Day in the building of communities and joined Minister Grange in calling for full participation.
Minister Reid said he welcomed the programme to put ramps in schools as physically challenged students will be able to access more areas of school compounds, hence making the learning process more inclusive.
Minister Robinson outlined a number of activities that will take place during Workers’ Week to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Labour Movement in Jamaica.
Workers’ Week will be observed May 14-23 with Labour Day on May 23.