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Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica | 2019-02-20 14:45:00

Having exposed over 8,700 students from 720 schools to energy related matters, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Schools Energy Programme which was launched in 2003.
Initially called the PCJ’s Energy Conservation and Incentive Programme for Inner-City Schools, the Programme started with 15 schools from urban communities. However, as PCJ’s main forum for promoting energy education among the country’s youth, the Programme was expanded in 2011 to engage primary and high school students between ages 6 and 19 years from across the country to issues affecting the energy sector.
This is done through seminars that feature presentations from industry professionals and educational tours of energy generating facilities including; the Jamaica Public Service Company’s (JPS) hydro plant, the JPS, BMR and Wigton wind farms and the New Fortress Energy regasification plant. Students are also afforded the opportunity to visit entities that have incorporated energy efficiency into their operations such as Digicel Jamaica, Grand Palladium Hotel, Caribbean Broilers and the Caribbean Maritime University.
Following the seminars and tours, students are invited to put the knowledge they garnered to the test by entering the science, essay, poster and jingle competitions. The competition allows entrants to apply their creativity and innovation to tackling some of the challenges currently facing decision makers in the local and international energy industries.  Winners receive cash and other prizes at the highly anticipated awards ceremony which is held each June. To date, the PCJ has awarded almost $14 million in prizes to winners in the various competitions.
For the 2015/16 academic year, the PCJ introduced a project implementation prize valued at $500,000 to the top two schools in the 16 to 19 age category of the science competition to finance the installation of the renewable energy system designed by the students. Campion College in Kingston and Herbert Morrison Technical High in St. James were the first two schools to be awarded this grant with the latter now benefitting from a fully operational solar photovoltaic system. Other recipients of this prize include Cedric Titus High School in Trelawny and Winston Jones High School in Manchester.
This year, the PCJ will award the grant to the school that accumulates the most points overall in the competition.
While speaking at the 15th Anniversary Church Service held at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) in Kingston, the PCJ’s Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Miss Camille Taylor said, “The PCJ has been and remains resolute in its stance that awareness about energy issues is critical to addressing the country’s energy needs and by sensitizing our young citizens to a matter of national interest such as energy, we are hoping to initiate a paradigm shift where people become more conscientious about their energy use and habits.”

In her address, Miss Taylor thanked the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, all the teachers, principals, students, competition judges, tour facilitators and industry professionals who partner with the Corporation annually to execute the Programme. She also, thanked sponsors from both the private and public sector who have supported the Programme by underwriting a portion of the cash and other prizes provided at the yearly awards ceremony.

Posted By :Camille Taylor

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