Addressing the Jamaica College Old Boys Association (JCOBA) Griffin Awards at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan Ambassador Marks said that this financial commitment by the Education Minister will pave the way for Jamaican students to join their international counterparts in being on the cutting edge of technological development.
The Ambassador said “The work of JCOBA, along with the Union of Jamaica Alumni Association (UJAA), to strengthen and increase awareness about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the schools across Jamaica and through the expansion of the robotics programme, underscores the importance of STEM to Jamaica’s development agenda.”
She congratulated the Golden Griffin Society in working with the boys over the last 8 years from when they first entered a competition where the Robot would not start to where they now stand of having trained over 1200 boys and cropping 6 international awards and 3 world championships. “I commend the significant milestones of the signature Robotics Program, which has already been implemented at Jamaica College, and your commitment to supporting STEM training and skills of our young men,” the Ambassador said.
Ambassador Marks gave full support to the fund raising initiative which she said “not only raises well-needed funds to assist your prestigious alma mater, Jamaica College but also serves to recognize the outstanding work and accomplishments of fellow Jamaicans both at home and in the Diaspora.”
“I congratulate you JCOBA for organizing this annual fundraiser, and for remaining unwavering in its commitment to your alma mater, and by extension, to the process of nation building in Jamaica,” she said.
Ambassador Marks congratulated Senator Reid who she said well deserved “the Man of the Decade In Education Award”, She also extended special recognition and commendation to Perry Henzell (Posthumous) and Winston Stona, who received the distinguished “Alumni Awards” in Arts and Contemporary Leadership for their respective roles in the film, the Harder they Come; and Mr. Andrew Ewen for Technology Innovation.
- Countries: Jamaica