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Students To Benefit From GraceKennedy & Bob Marley Foundation - Music Gonna Teach Them Many Lessons

GraceKennedy Limited | 2016-09-15 00:00:00

KINGSTON, JAMAICA September 14, 2016 Students from under-resourced communities in the Corporate Area will be the main beneficiaries of the Marley Music Room which was officially opened in downtown Kingston on September 14, 2016.

Furnished at a cost of approximately $1.5 million, the Marley Music Room Project is the result of a collaboration between The Bob Marley Foundation and the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation, the outreach arm of the GraceKennedy Group.

The Marley Music Room is located at the GraceKennedy/Parade Gardens Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Centre on Water Lane. Equipped with a variety of musical instruments including guitars, drums, keyboards, and recorders, the facility aims to develop the students’ music skills and lay the foundation for further educational and vocational development. Music lessons will be delivered by the Alpha Institute and discussions have begun to identify opportunities to collaborate with the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts.

The brainchild of Cedella Marley, daughter of the late Reggae Superstar and CEO of the Bob Marley Foundation, the Marley Music Room creates opportunities for children, who might not otherwise have had, to learn and practice music. This is in keeping with the Bob Marley Foundation’s mandate to contribute to the development of Arts and Culture in perpetuating the spiritual, cultural, social and musical ideals and goals that guided and inspired the Reggae Icon during his lifetime.

In speaking about the collaboration, Mrs Marie Bruce, General Manager of the Bob Marley Foundation, said, “This continues our partnership with GraceKennedy the alignment of the two foundations gives us the ability to ramp up the speed at which we are able to deliver on our objectives. The Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation is already within the communities and we are pleased to be able to work with and through them to get music into the hands of children. Two Foundations with one common vision: empowering Jamaica through building lives and creating opportunities. Love it!”

Mr James Moss-Solomon, Chairman of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation also spoke about the collaboration and its impact. “There is a relevance and a relationship between science and music. Developing the students’ musical abilities can also lead to a better understanding of mathematical concepts and a deeper appreciation of the sciences which is what we are trying to achieve at the STEM Centre.”

Opened in November 2014, the GraceKennedy/Parade Garden S.T.E.M. Centre was built as a state-of-the-art science-focused learning facility. The facility boasts a computer lab for animation, an electronics lab for robotics, a 3D printing and design facility, a study/homework prep area, a multi-subject lab for physics, chemistry and biology, and a lab prep room. The centre, established at a cost of J$18 million, prepares students for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and  S.T.E.M careers through the introduction to new technologies (for example, robotics) in an environment conducive for studying and research. The facility is housed in a 2,700 square foot building donated by the ICD Group and located at 53 Water Lane in Parade Garden.

Posted By :Simone Clarke-Cooper

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