Community Outreach on Jamaica’s Intangible Cultural Heritage At the Scott’s Hall Primary School, St. Mary

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On Tuesday January 27, 2015, the Outreach Department of the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica / Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB) held a session with the grades five through to six students at the Scott’s Hall Primary School under the topic “Afro-Jamaican Religions”. The Scott’s Hall community is a rural community found in the parish of St. Mary and is home to one of Jamaica’s Maroon settlements. This session was aimed at promoting aspects of Jamaica’s intangible cultural heritage as the ACIJ/JMB continues to lead the national campaign which was launched by the Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of the nation.

The session made use of various instructional materials from the ACIJ/JMB’s wealth of instructional resources. The students were able to receive the content by way of a PowerPoint presentation and the viewing of video clips and poster-boards. They were also guided into completing activities such as puzzles related to the content they received. Commendation must also be handed to the teachers and students of the Scott’s Hall Primary School. The teachers were as involved in the session as much as the presenter was, and the students not only participated, but their behaviour and attentiveness were also exemplary.