Rev. Sterling’s Contributions To Agriculture And Education Recognised – Jamaica Information Service


Retired Chairman of the Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Scholarship Steering Committee, Rev. Lenworth Sterling, was lately honoured by his friends for unstinting service and excellent contributions to agriculture and schooling by way of his management of that physique.

Member of the committee and stakeholder companion, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, offered Rev. Sterling, a retired educator, with a quotation and commemorative plaque throughout a semi-virtual ceremony hosted on the entity’s places of work in Kingston.

The quotation, which was learn by Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ Public Relations Manager Karelle McCormack, highlighted Rev. Sterling’s 40-year stewardship in schooling, which noticed him rising to and retiring within the place of Principal of Ferncourt High School, located in his house parish – St. Ann.

Among the notable achievements which he piloted on the college was the institution of piggery, poultry, and rabbit models. These at the moment are integral parts of the establishment’s farm that gives college students with livestock farming observe.

According to the quotation, this overwhelming propensity for agriculture laid the inspiration for Rev. Sterling’s appointment as the primary chairman of the newly established Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund Scholarship Committee in 2010.

The scholarship, which was initiated by Rio Tinto Alcan Incorporated in 2010, gives funding help for needy youth in St. Catherine, Manchester and St. Ann who’re Jamaica 4-H Clubs members, and are pursuing agricultural research at secondary, tertiary, or vocational establishments.

The focused parishes are the areas the place the entity’s bauxite mining and alumina refining operations had been positioned for 59 years, previous to its native engagements concluding in 2001.

Rev. Sterling’s quotation listed a number of ground-breaking achievements recorded whereas on the helm of the committee, notably increasing the scholarship programme that now averages over 300 recipients yearly, up from 100.

He was additionally instrumental in lobbying larger help for the initiative amongst college principals and civic teams.

The former chairman’s contributions, in accordance with the quotation, had been deemed “nothing less than ‘sterling’ and superb”.

Earlier this yr, Rev. Sterling retired from the committee, the helm of Ferncourt High and the classroom.

“As you retire… we know that you have not retired from your love of agriculture, education, and youth development. You are regarded as a true gem to these sectors, and knowing the community advocate that you are, you will continue, in your own inimitable way, to be a champion for nation-building,” the quotation acknowledged.

In his response, Rev. Sterling says he’s “extremely pleased” to have been related to the availability of scholarships and bursaries throughout his 11 years on the committee’s helm, noting that these have been pivotal in aiding a number of kids to realize their targets.

Minister with accountability for Agriculture and Fisheries Hon. Audley Shaw (proper), presents retired Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Scholarship Steering Committee Chairman Rev. Lenworth Sterling, with a commemorative plaque from that physique and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, honouring him for unstinting service to agriculture and schooling. The presentation was made throughout a semi-virtual ceremony on the Jamaica 4-H Clubs in Kingston. Sharing the second are: Jamaica 4-H Clubs Executive Director, Dr. Ronald Blake (second left); and present Committee Chairman and Principal of Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester, Hidran McKulsky. Photo: Michael Sloley


He says the move charge in agricultural science on the secondary stage continues to be very excessive, citing Ferncourt’s 100 per cent success, “with most of the students attaining either a range one or two.”

“You can, therefore, measure the impact that the assistance being given to our youngsters in our schools, through the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and, of course, the Rio Tinto scholarships and bursaries, have been having on [them],” Rev. Sterling provides.

He encourages the present committee, chaired by Holmwood Technical High School Principal Hidran McKulsky, to make sure that its work “continues to have the good affect that it has been having over the [past] 11 years.

“I wish the committee every success in the future. I know that our youngsters in our institutions are in good hands,” Rev. Sterling provides.

The scholarship programme which is financed by way of the Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund (RTALF), is managed by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and goals to advertise social improvement actions by investing within the recipients’ expertise coaching and development.

Both the DBJ and Jamaica 4-H Clubs have partnered on the flagship fund and scholarship programme.

Scholarships and bursaries valued over $126 million have been awarded to greater than 1,450 beneficiaries because the programme’s inception.