Education Week was launched this morning (Sunday, May 6) with a service at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church, St Ann.
The week will focus on Education, and particularly teachers, with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and its membership coordinating and piloting some of the activities across the country.
At this morning’s service, messages were delivered by: Minister of Education, Senator Ruel Reid; Opposition Spokesman on Education, Rev Ronald Thwaites and President of the JTA Georgia Waugh Richards, all of whom spoke about the benefits of education to society and the need to appreciate the work of teachers.
The sermon was delivered by Rev Dr Burchell Taylor.
The week is being observed under the theme: “Promoting the Teaching Profession: a Beacon of Hope and Inspiration to our Nation.”
Among the highlights of the observation of Education Week will be Read across Jamaica Day, Tuesday, May 8 when people are invited into or encouraged to go to schools, especially at the Primary level to read to students. Teachers Day, is Wednesday, May 9, when the schools and stakeholders, including businesses and past students show appreciation to teachers.
Also, there are training and professional activities organized by the JTA and teachers during this week.
These include a symposium at Kendal Camp and Conference centre, Manchester on Monday and the Helen Still Professional development Day, Thursday, May 10.