The occasion of our Golden Jubilee affords us the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for those to come to value identify with, and building upon. To this end, the Hon. Minister of Youth and Culture has appointed a Legacy Committee whose role it is to plan and establish projects for this important dimension of the Jubilee. The Committee comprises:
- Mr. W. Billy Heaven, Chairman
- Hon. Burchell Whiteman
- Mr. Ainsley Henriques
- Representative of UDC Board (Chairman or nominee)
- Professor Verene Shepherd
- Mr. Peter Reid
- Mr. Steven Facey
- Hon. Mike Fennell, O.J.
- Mr. Jeffrey Hall
- Mr. Phillip Gore
- Charles Campbell
- Brian Meeks
- Representatives from the Opposition
The Jamaica 50 Legacy Committee identifies and coordinates programmes and projects which are intended to make a positive and sustainable difference to our life as a nation beginning in our fifty-first year. All of these will have been inspired by the celebrations in 2012 and should serve to advance the mission to increase our sense of belonging, pride in our communities and our country, and our capacity to achieve our individual and national goals.
The Committee has identified the following as some of the projects for implementation:
· 11 new Basic Schools built to approved standards
· Cultural Centre at Rocky Point, Clarendon
· Health Centre at Exchange, St. Ann
· Placement of 50 Sites of Memory plaques
· Recreating an Emancipation Day Event at Emancipation Park
· Island-wide Lecture Series ‘Past, Present, Future’
· Jamaican Heritage in Pictures
Members of the public are invited to comment on these initial proposals and to make practical suggestions of their own.
We want as a nation to start the next leg of the journey in a way which helps our people to unleash their talents and improve the quality of our life as we go forward.