Jamaica Day to be celebrated on February 22
Schools across the island will join in the national observation of Jamaica Day, on Friday, February 22, under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Embracing Positive Values ... Visioning Inclusive Education for a better Jamaica’.
This year, students are expected to use the arts – dance, drama, music, visual arts and other forms – to promote concepts learnt from the National Standards Curriculum, while they display other aspects of the country’s culture.
Chairman, Jamaica Day Planning Committee and Senior Education Officer, Core Curriculum Unit at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Marlon Williams, said the Education Ministry, in partnership with other Ministries, will be highlighting the theme through a grand ‘Best Decorated Building Competition’.
All Ministries will be required to decorate their buildings or main building using the Jamaican colours.
“We are asking that these buildings be donned or draped in these colours as early as the first week of February. A team from the Jamaica Day Planning Committee will be visiting these buildings during the week of February 11 and 15 to judge and take pictures,” Williams said.
The national celebration will be hosted at the National Arena, where a civic ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m.
“Schools will still host activities individually. However, each school will be required to send 10 students to the National Arena accompanied by the school’s culture agent and another member of staff,” he said.
At the event, students and all other attendees will be given an opportunity to view rich cultural displays in the village which will be set up.