Rev Sterling’s contributions to agriculture, education recognised | News


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

Member of the committee and stakeholder associate, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, introduced 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 Sterling’s 40-year stewardship in education, which noticed him rising to and retiring within the place of principal of Ferncourt High School, located in his residence parish – St Ann.

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

According to the quotation, this overwhelming propensity for agriculture laid the muse for 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, offers funding assist 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, prior to its native engagements concluding in 2001.


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 for higher assist of the initiative amongst faculty principals and civic teams.

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

Earlier this 12 months, 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 said.

In his response, Sterling mentioned 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 helping a number of kids to obtain their objectives.

He mentioned the cross price 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,” Sterling added.

He inspired the present committee, chaired by Holmwood Technical High School Principal Hidran McKulsky, to be sure that its work “continues to have the good impression 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,” Sterling mentioned.

The scholarship programme, which is financed by way of the Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund, is managed by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and goals to promote social-development 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 at over $126 million have been awarded to greater than 1,450 beneficiaries for the reason that programme’s inception.