BROWN'S TOWN, St Ann - With a mother who was a domestic helper and a father who is still incarcerated Member of Parliament
, Dr Dayton Campbell
admits to knowing the power of education, and as a result, education will be his
number-one priority as long as he
represents the people of North West St Ann, he
It is with that belief that the member of parliament has set out to launch several educational initiatives in his
constituency, in spite of possible criticisms.
"I am putting forward the education of the people as the main thing I am focusing on," Campbell
told people attending the launch of the St Ann North Western's
Empowerment Programme Skills Training and Night School.
said that he
was willing to risk his
political future for the development of his
constituents, many of whom sit idly daily, lacking skills to enter the workforce.
, who has already started the education programme in the constituency, is funding it through his
Constituency Development Fund, in partnership with Red Stripe's Learning For Life, and Bars To Go.
lauded the organisations for their partnership.
said that 750 people will attend the night school, which will be offering two subjects at the CSEC level --Mathematics and Principles of Business.
With that number, approximately 2,000 persons will be benefitting from educational programmes implemented by Dr Campbell; currently there are 250 persons enrolled in a skills training programme which was launched earlier this year.
Centres for classes will be at Addison Park in Brown's Town, Discovery Bay All Age School, Runaway Bay All Age
and Bamboo Primary and Junior High, to allow easier access to people in the constituency.
Classes are expected to start January 2014.
pointed out that there were no limitations to the programme, except that persons needed to be a part of the constituency.
said that the objective of the night school is to develop people so that they can matriculate into tertiary institutions.
"I am encouraging you to grasp the opportunity and make use of it," Campbell
told members of his
constituency who turned out for the launch on Friday.
said that English Language and Office Procedures will be offered in the night school programme, following the completion of the first batch of students.
"We are trying to put forward a programme that persons can be in a much better position," he
The first-time member of parliament, while happy with the start of the programmes, said that he
will not be satisfied until the people in his
constituency are certified and employed.
"I am not yet satisfied; I will be satisfied at the end when they are certified and we can facilitate some of them getting some internship in the hotels and when we can facilitate some of them getting jobs locally and internationally," he
Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, who also attended the launch on Friday, lauded the efforts of Dr Campbell and encouraged people to fully utilise the second chance that they now have of getting an education.
Dr Dayton Campbell
addresses the audience at Friday's launch.