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JPS Foundation to focus on Creating Model Schools

The newly formed JPS Foundation will be focused on creating model schools over the next three years – one early childhood institution in each of the three operational regions of the Company – Region West, South and East.  The announcement was made at the official launch of the Foundation, held on Thursday (August 22).

(l-r) Former Governor General and  JPS Foundation Board Chairman, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, JPS President & CEO, Kelly Tomblin; JPS Board Member, Sang Kie Cho; Minister of Education, Hon. Ronald Thwaites; and Minister of Energy Phillip Paulwell share a light moment at the recent launch of the JPS Foundation.

(l-r) Former Governor General and JPS Foundation Board Chairman, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, JPS President & CEO, Kelly Tomblin; JPS Board Member, Sang Kie Cho; Minister of Education, Hon. Ronald Thwaites; and Minister of Energy Phillip Paulwell share a light moment at the recent launch of the JPS Foundation.

President & CEO of JPS, and Member of the Board of Directors for the JPS Foundation, Kelly Tomblin, explained that the three schools which have been selected are: Falmouth Gardens Basic School in Trelawny; York Town Basic School in Clarendon; and Mount Olive Basic School in East Kingston.  The JPS Foundation will be guided by the standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).  Of the over 2,700 early childhood institutions in Jamaica, scores of them do not meet the required standards set by the ECC.

Some of the areas, which the Foundation will be focussing on include: teacher certification; enhancement of the physical environment – indoor and outdoor equipment; nutritional support; safety; and improved interaction with parents and community members.

Minister of Energy, Hon. Phillip Paulwell (left), greets JPS Vice President for Generation Herve Perrin at the launch of the JPS Foundation.  Looking on are JPS Chairman Hisatsugu Hirai (second left) and JPS Board member Fitzroy Vidal.

Minister of Energy, Hon. Phillip Paulwell (left), greets JPS Vice President for Generation Herve Perrin at the launch of the JPS Foundation. Looking on are JPS Chairman Hisatsugu Hirai (second left) and JPS Board member Fitzroy Vidal.

Meanwhile, the JPS Foundation will increase the number of children to be assisted through the Early Childhood Nutritional Support Programme, which it carries out in collaboration with the Government of Jamaica.  It will therefore be assisting 25,300 children to receive a meal each school day, when it adds another 1,300 children in the Portmore community.

Rapid Response

And in a rapid response to the Foundation, American Clean Energy, contributed J$500,000 to the work to be undertaken, handing over the cheque, the day after the Foundation’s official launch.

Head of Corporate Communication at JPS, Winsome Callum, is delighted with the speedy response to the Foundation’s call for contributions and partnership. “We are strengthened to carry out our work, with even greater effectiveness,” she said, “and look forward to continued collaborations with organizations and individuals as we seek to serve our nation”.

Winsome Wilkins, Winsome Callum, Hisatsugu Hirai

Executive Director of the United Way of Jamaica, Winsome Wilkins (left), greets JPS Board Chairman Hisatsugu Hirai, while JPS Head of Corporate Communication, Winsome Callum shares in the moment.  The event was the recent launch of the JPS Foundation.

The JPS Foundation has been established as the main channel for employee outreach initiatives and the Company’s corporate social responsibility projects. The Foundation will be funded by contributions from JPS, its Employees, other Partners and Stakeholders.

Source:  http://www.myjpsco.com/