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The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation supports Cultural Heritage Research



The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation | 2016-04-26 00:00:00

As part of its efforts towards facilitating greater awareness of cultural heritage, and promoting an openness to multicultural understanding, collaboration and inclusiveness; The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation recently gave its support for a research mission to Cuba followed by a Public Lecture at the University of the West Indies.

Dr. Paulette Ramsay, Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UWI joined a group of Educators on a mission to tour historic sites and attend lectures on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the British West Indian Welfare Centre in Guantánamo Cuba – built by Jamaicans and others.

On April 7, during UWI’s celebration day of Modern Languages and Literatures, Dr. Ramsay presented a Public Lecture on “British West Indians in Cuba”. Attendees included Heads of Missions from embassies of Spanish-speaking countries, as well as students and teachers from a cross sections of high schools and tertiary institutions. An article on same was also published in the Gleaner in December of last year.

Participants gained knowledge and insight about the more than 140,000 Caribbean migrants (mostly Jamaicans) who went to Cuba between 1898 and 1938 and worked in the sugar industry and in coffee and fruit production. Many of these migrants remained in Cuba, practicing Jamaican culture, including speaking Jamaican creole and English. The British West Indian Welfare Centre was where this community of migrants gathered to share their culture, and where 70 years later “remains a repository of information and mementos that tell the story of the journey many Caribbean people made as they went in search of a better life.”

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF), founded in 2006, is a collaborative effort of a number of Spanish companies with current investments in Jamaica. The main objective is to strengthen the friendship between Spain and Jamaica. The SJF stages and supports educational, cultural, environmental and health-based community development initiatives. Support for the teaching and learning of Spanish is one of The SJF’s priority areas of focus. The SJF has been involved in a number of initiatives conducive to strengthening the linkages and promoting national heritage, including support for student visits to heritage sites and a collaboration with the JNHT and TPDCo resulting in the establishment of the Jamaica Heritage Trail in 2008.




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