Education

ACIJ/JMB maintains a vibrant Outreach programme. Outreach sessions and lecture demonstrations are conducted island-wide all year at schools, teacher’s colleges and other community groups. It is through this medium that the division aims to make the public aware of aspects of Jamaica’s culture unearthed through its research initiatives.

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On Thursday July 9 and Thursday July 16 2015 the Outreach Department of the ACIJ/JMB participated in the Programmes Coordination Division’s (Junior Centre’s) summer programme. The outreach officer presented to a group with of children age ranging from 6 to 18 years old. The topics covered were, “Traditional Dance and Music” and “Afro-Jamaican Religions” which highlight Jamaica’s intangible cultural heritage. The children were able to view videos, artefacts and poster boards from the ACIJ/JMB’s collection. The sessions were very interactive and, before the sessions ended, even a few adults joined the group. See photos below.

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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.

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Outreach Activity at the Y.W.C.A. School Leavers Institute’s Heritage Week Programme 

On Monday, October 13, 2014, the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB) mounted a display at the Y.W.C.A. School Leavers Institute to mark the commencement of the School’s Heritage Week Programme in the Thelma Rose-Campbell Auditorium.

The display comprised story boards on Maroon History, Revivalism, Our West African Heritage, as well as on Africans, Culture, and the Diaspora. Artefacts from the Maroon collection, the West African collection, and Old Time Jamaica were also displayed. Two Revival tables accompanied each section.

Two video presentations on the Ettu practicing people of Hanover and one on the Maroons were made, accompanied by a question and answer session.

Students from the YWCA, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (on a six weeks programme at the YWCA), and teachers from both institutions as well as the Ancillary Staff of the YWCA viewed the display and video presentations.

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