KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in observing Jamaica Day 2018 on Friday next, under the theme, “Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our Cultural and Natural Heritage”.
Schools island-wide will be engaged in a number of activities to highlight the theme, share Jamaica’s culture and enhance the experience of students as citizens of Jamaica.
The feature school for this year’s observance is Munro College in St Elizabeth where the Culture Division team from the Ministry of Culture will extensively promote its Culture Passport programme that allow students free or reduced cost access to heritage sites, cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, theatres and special cultural performances.
Students who are members of the over 200 Culture Clubs operating in schools, and have a passport size photograph can walk away with Culture Passports on Jamaica Day.
The process will be managed by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), managers of the Culture Club programme in schools and which also manages the Culture Passport programme on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.
Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, who is scheduled to participate in Jamaica Day activities, is encouraging all Jamaicans to seize the opportunity to embrace the theme for Jamaica Day and visit sites, “the same heritage we invite visitors from abroad to experience, must be so familiar to us that we become ‘tour guides’ for our own children, families and other persons”.