Jamaica Public Service Foundation Launched

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has established its Foundation, which will serve as the main channel through which the firm undertakes its community outreach activities.

The JPS Foundation, which was launched at the entity’s Ruthven Road offices in St. Andrew on August 22, seeks, among other things, to enhance provisions and outputs of early childhood institutions, and communities.

The overarching objectives include: assisting early childhood institutions to meet and surpass basic standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) for staffing; development/educational programmes; interactions and relationships with children; physical environment; indoor and outdoor equipment; furnishing and supplies; health; nutrition; safety; and interaction with parents and community members.

Three schools have already been identified which the Foundation will endeavour to develop into model institutions over the next three years.  These are: the Mount Olive Basic School in Rockfort, Kingston; York Town Basic School, Clarendon; and Falmouth Gardens Basic School, Trelawny.

Speaking with JIS News following the launch, Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who commended the effort, described the initiative as a “tremendous effort” by JPS to advance its community outreach programme.

“The objectives are laudable, especially as it focuses on early childhood education and tries to create these model basic schools across the country. It really is in keeping with a new thrust on the part of the JPS…an approach to humanize the efforts of the company and to get consumers to appreciate them for more than just (the provision of) electricity,” he said.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the JPS, Kelly Tomblin, said the decision to start with three schools is to ensure the project’s sustainability.

“A part of our focus is to bite off just what we can chew in the first instance, and we want to get these three finished. For us it’s starting there, but we think, in the future, we will have many more schools. We are so thrilled with these schools and we strongly believe that if we’re going to have prosperity then we have to begin with the children,” she told JIS News.

In addition, the Foundation will provide support for the firm’s over 400 employees involvement in various projects in their communities. The staff will also have the opportunity to identify and contribute to the needs of a school, including sponsoring a child.

The foundation will also facilitate employees serving as mentors in their communities, or getting involved in the schools supported by the Foundation

Contact: O. Rodger Hutchinson