Schools named in Garvey’s honour to be re-branded
Three schools named after Marcus Garvey, or bearing his name, are to be re-branded.
Director of Culture in Education at the Ministry of Education, Amina Blackwood Meeks says the schools are the Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St. Ann, Garvey Maceo High in Clarendon and the Marcus Garvey Basic School on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.
Each of the schools will focus on an aspect of Garvey's life and this forms part of the Civics programme in schools, which includes the teachings of Garvey.
She was speaking on Irie FM today (August 17) during a live broadcast from St. Ann's Bay.
Starting September this year, a new Civics curriculum will be introduced in schools across the island to facilitate the teaching of Garveyism.
The programme was officially launched this afternoon by Minister of Education, Reverend Ronald Thwaites, at a civic ceremony held at the Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann.
Mr. Thwaites, who spoke at the function said today is very important day in Jamaica’s history, as after many generations of thinking and planning, Gavervyism will finally be a part of Jamaica’s school curriculum.
He said Garvey stood for excellence, honesty and freedom and that his teachings will help to empower people in creating a better future for themselves.
The Education Minister gave credit to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller whom he said gave him the instruction to have Garveyism taught in schools.
He urged students across the island to make good use of the opportunity.