The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has invested $300,000 in advancing the educational opportunities for 30 children of its employees from across the island, who participated in the 2016 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and will be pursuing secondary education starting in September.
The UDC presented each of the 30 students with bursaries of $10,000 each towards their academic expenses.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Anthony Smith, Deputy General Manager, UDC emphasized that while the UDC is making development happen through its core activities, the Corporation deems it important to invest in the future by supporting the educational development of the nation’s youth.
MC and motivational speaker, media personality Jennifer “Jenny Jenny” Small engaged attendees in a series of activities with inspiring messages, while sharing high school survival tactics which she learned as a teen. She encouraged students to be focused and to build friendships with others who are heading in a positive direction.
Approximately $2.1 million has been spent since the inception of the annual GSAT awards programme at the UDC resulting in many children benefiting across Jamaica.
This year the Corporation used the facility of the recently completed Food Bazaar at Festival Marketplace to create a fun-filled celebration for the students, inclusive of rides and a variety of refreshments. The venue is an extension of the Kingston Craft Market, and was constructed under the Downtown Kingston Waterfront Redevelopment Programme.
For further information, please contact
The Corporate Relations Department
Urban Development Corporation
12 Ocean Boulevard, Kingston Mall
August 31, 2016