Guy’s Hill High School in St Catherine has emerged winner of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Climate Smart Technology Competition.
Herbert Morrison Technical High in St James and Manning’s School in Westmoreland copped the second and third places respectively.
The teams were presented with book vouchers valued at $5,000, as well as trophies and climate change literature, during the recognition ceremony held yesterday (May 21) at the Planning Institute of Jamaica in Kingston.
The initiative seeks to educate young people about the effects of climate change, and to promote innovation in finding solutions to adopt – also in light of climate change.
The winning Guy’s Hill High team submitted a programmable greenhouse; Herbert Morrison Technical created a glass house – an alternative to the traditional greenhouse structure; and Manning’s School submitted a sustainable home equipped with greenhouse, rainwater harvesting, grey water system, and a biogas digester.
The aforementioned models are expected to be developed to be institutionalised at the respective schools.
Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Karelle McCormack, told the state-owned Jamaica Information Service that the initiative has unearthed innovative ideas by students, with the potential for real world application.
“The competition was done with the idea of bringing climate-smart agriculture to the fore. It is one of the main pillars the 4-H Club is concentrating on as part of our environmental awareness training exercise – in terms of how to be climate-resilient, as well as to stimulate creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship,” she said.
In the meantime, Chairman and Director-General at the Planning Institute Of Jamaica, Dr Wayne Henry, commended the teams for their innovation. His agency hosted the ceremony through its Government of Jamaica/Adaptation Fund Programme, in partnership with the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.
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