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November 3, 2018

20 years of the JICA Alumni Association in Jamaica "JICA Day" Publicity Event

A publicity event, "JICA Day", was held on November 3, 2018. Approximately two hundred (200) persons comprising mainly of former participants of the JICA Training Programme in Japan and its Alumni members, JICA volunteers and members of organisations to which JICA Volunteers are assigned, were gathered. This year marked the 20th year since the JICA Alumni Association in Jamaica was established, so we invited Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, under whose portfolio lies the Training Programme in Japan, and the Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, and we introduced JICA's cooperation activities in Jamaica including JICA volunteers, and mainly the Training Programmes.

In Jamaica, JICA's Training Programme in Japan started in 1977, and since then over six hundred (600) Jamaican officers and engineers have participated in technical training in Japan. In addition, last year was the 30th year since the agreement to dispatch Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to Jamaica was signed. Currently, 40 Japanese Volunteers are undertaking activities throughout the entire island of Jamaica.

At the ceremony, a former participant of the Community Disaster Based Risk Reduction training in Japan, made a presentation on the "Fire Wardens Club" started at primary schools by the Jamaica Fire Brigade, after the participant returned to Jamaica. Members of the Association who had attained remarkable achievements in their activities of the JICA Alumni Association in Jamaica were also awarded. Lorna Wallace, Program Officer at JICA Jamaica Office, who has long supported the Training Programme and the Alumni activities was also given an award.

For the exhibition, the following Cooperating Partners mounted an exhibition - The Institute of Jamaica, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, the Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities, the Ministry of Education and the JICA Volunteers set up booth to introduce their activities. Also introduced were Japanese culture such as origami, calligraphy, bon odori Japanese dance and songs, accompanied by traditional instruments. All attendees enjoyed the Saturday afternoon's event.

Newspaper articles about the event appeared in the URL below.

PhotoKeynote Address by Dr. The Hon. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance the Public Service

PhotoGreetings by H.E. Hiromasa Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica

PhotoGreetings by Kenji Tobita, Resident Representative, JICA Jamaica

PhotoGroup Photo;(Front Row, third left to right; Dr. The Hon. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance the Public Service, Shorna-Kay Richards, Director of Bilateral Relations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lenroy James, President of JICA Alumni Association in Jamaica, Pauline Morrison, Director of Bi-Lateral Cooperation, Planning Institute of Jamaica)

PhotoTendi Henry, Manager of Information Technology at the Institute of Jamaica, made a presentation on Comprehensive Museology Training Programme in Japan and thereafter implementation of the "Project for the Improvement of the Exhibition and Audiovisual Equipment" at the Institute of Jamaica.

PhotoHeather Williams, Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) officer made a presentation on her participation in the Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Programme in Japan and "Fire Wardens Club" in primary schools which the JFB initiated utilizing what she learned in Japan.

PhotoJICA Alumni members who made remarkable contribution to the Alumni activities were awarded from JICA Jamaica. Featured here is Mr. Mark Barnett (left), currently President of the National Water Commission and who served as a President of JICA Alumni Association in Jamaica for several years in the past.

PhotoJICA Alumni members who received awards.

PhotoLorna Wallace of JICA Jamaica was also awarded for her contribution to the Training Programme and its Alumni activities.

PhotoBon Odori Japanese dance was performed by JICA Volunteers with JICA Alumni members.

PhotoShorna-Kay Richards, Director of the Bilateral Relations Department, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade elegantly dressed in her Yukata, declared the Exhibition open.

PhotoJamaica Fire Brigade exhibited students' uniforms, games and newspaper articles about"Fire Wardens Club"

PhotoOrigami (folding paper art) exhibition

PhotoCompost exhibition by JICA Alumni members of the National Solid Waste Management Authority

PhotoShodo (Calligraphy) workshop

PhotoJICA Volunteer demonstrates "Calculation Time" primary math materials used in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information

PhotoThe Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities exhibited accessory "Chupse" which were co-developed by JICA Volunteer

PhotoSong on the similar south island in Japan chorus accompanied by the Okinawa Sansin musical instrument


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