In a recent article on the Gleaner blogs page, I wrote about the need to listen to, and include our young people. We also need to encourage them and nurture their ideas – not in a patronizing way, but to really give them space. I always think that Winsome Minott and her small, but dedicated Katalyxt … More Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition
I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex
It’s always a pleasure and a joy to hear about the Youth Innovators’ Competition, which is hotly contested among our high schools. It is not just about entrepreneurship but about creativity and ideas. The entries are always fascinating, a product of teamwork among students, guided by teachers and advisors. It’s an initiative of Winsome Minott, … More Steer Town Academy, Winners of 2018 Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition
Dear readers, my favorite people at Katalyxt have just completed their Seventh Annual Youth Innovators’ Competition – a very special competition for high schools intended to encourage innovation and creativity in business. The youthful entrepreneurs compete with presentations, displays, and demonstrations of the products and services they have been working on. Two products will be … More Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship
I wish I had been there – but I am having to skip a lot of events, due to overwhelming commitments that keep me “grounded” at home. I will emerge, eventually, but meanwhile, I may have to keep declining invitations, which I don’t like to do. Come 2018 I hope to be back on track! … More Katalyxt Sets Off Again To Inspire Youth Innovation
Although I don’t always manage to get to all the stages of the competition, I do love to follow the fortunes of Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators, who work hard every year for prizes for the best (and most marketable) product or service. It’s a combination of creativity, new ideas and business acumen that is required. The high … More Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators 2017: Vere Technical High School Takes It Away Again!
I feel so sorry that I missed the final event of the Katalyxt Youth Innovators Awards; I always closely follow the progress of the competition, which lasts throughout the school year. Sponsors were the Development Bank of Jamaica, the Export Import Bank of Jamaica and Katalyxt. The young and enthusiastic Katalyxt team is led by … More Vere Technical High School are Katalyxt’s Winning Youth Innovators!
It was break time at José Marti Technical High School. Students were heading in all directions around the central covered courtyard. I watched a girl walking straight-backed and slow in her long-skirted deep blue uniform past the school assembly hall. A student was shouting persistently, trying to catch the attention of another across the courtyard – … More Bright Ideas and Business Plans: Katalyxt ‘s Young Innovators
Happy birthday, Portland Bight Protected Area! Yes, the largest protected area in Jamaica – which includes the now-threatened Goat Islands – was declared a Protected Area on Earth Day, 1999 with much fanfare by then Environment Minister Easton Douglas. Here’s a report from Peter Espeut, who then headed the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation: … More Earth Day Part 2: Join the Green Run on Sunday!