Message from Senator Ruel Reid, Hon Minister of Education, Youth and Information for Education Week May 1 – 7, 2016

Education Week, observed annually May 1 to 7, offers an opportunity for all Jamaicans to celebrate the important role that education plays in promoting equity, the achievements of our students and the invaluable work of our educators in building our society.

The concept of a special week every year dedicated to education, underscores the partnership between teachers, parents and students. This period is a time that highlights education as the path that leads away from poverty and despair towards a future full of hope, promise and prosperity.

This administration, under which I serve as the portfolio Minister for Education, Youth and Information, has also made lifelong learning a priority. We are serious about providing all our children with good choices in life. We are resolute about our nation’s economic strength and must get rid of the obsolete belief that a quality education begins at age four and ends at eighteen.

The Ministry  of Education, Youth and Information applauds the Jamaica Teachers’ Association for this endeavour. I encourage every Jamaican to participate in the activities planned for this week, which I anticipate will further build a sense of community, and actively support our education system. Each week and every week, let us find ways to promote the shared mission of making sure that, “Every Child Can Learn, Every Child Must Learn!”