Limerick diocese sets its sights on China

first_imgFirst day in new school for Le Chéile pupils Advertisement Dominicans depart after 800 years Twitter Previous articleLimerick councillors are left hanging on the lineNext articleGranny gets some sleep after memorable Limerick visit John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie  THE Diocese of Limerick this week launched a new outreach initiative that seeks to recruit lay people to travel to China to teach English and “witness to their faith”.The programme, which runs under the auspices of the Missionary Society of St Columban, is open to graduates of any discipline, and teaching experience is not essential.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Fr Leslie McNamara, who is involved in coordinating the programme, the teaching positions would appeal to recent graduates or people who have taken early retirement.“I was there for nearly eight years. My experience was very positive, I really enjoyed it. Of course people can have problems at first – it is a culture shock, especially in the poorer areas,” he told the Limerick Post.“All of your expenses are covered and you would get about $500 a month. You’re supplied with an apartment for free and you get an allowance for electricity and things like that. The cost of living there is very low; typically lunch in the student canteen would be about 80 cent a day. You could easily live on a couple of euro a day.”Traditionally, roles such as this would have been carried out by priests and missionaries, but due to dwindling numbers, the diocese is now opening up opportunities for lay people.Fr McNamara explained that religious organisations in China are controlled by the government and open proselytising is prohibited.However, he added that “the seeds of faith can be sown through one’s lifestyle and in the care and love one shows to one’s students who are instinctively curious about everything their foreign teachers do”.“Universities in China can find it difficult to fill positions for English teachers, and they are delighted to have native speakers. Teaching is one way that you can witness to the gospel to people who are largely atheist or agnostic.”“I found that the students I worked with were largely very curious; many of them wouldn’t have even seen a foreign person before they went to university. The students there are so keen to learn. They are so kind and respectful in comparison to teaching here; it’s very different”, he explained.Anyone seeking further information about the outreach programme can contact Fr Leslie McNamara at [email protected] Linkedin St John’s Cathedral in Limerick is cut down to size Email WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook NewsCommunityLocal NewsLimerick diocese sets its sights on ChinaBy John Keogh – September 11, 2014 944 Bishop of Limerick wants no let up in safeguarding vulnerable people Editorial – Time for change RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDiocese of Limerick Bishop welcomes new school year Printlast_img read more

NCTVET Transfers ISO Certification to Local Body

first_img NVQ-J has transferred its ISO 9001 certification to the NCBJ Story Highlights The move is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica The transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica The National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET), which provides certification for persons, who qualify for the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J), has transferred its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification to the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ).The move, which comes after several years of utilizing an overseas certification body, is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica.Charged with the responsibility of certifying management systems to international standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the NCBJ, an independent unit of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), plays an integral role in strengthening the national quality infrastructure.The organisation works closely with the manufacturing and service industries as well as the public and private sectors, providing technical support to enhance their international competitiveness through certification of their management systems.Speaking at the handing over ceremony on September 4 at the NCBJ’s offices, located on the grounds of the BSJ in Kingston, NCTVET Chairman, Norman Davis, explained that since 2006, the body has been certified by an international company based in the United Kingdom.He said the transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica, and a huge strategic move that will benefit local entities, and contribute to nation building.“This is definitely a plus and a stepping stone for us locally. We hope that other companies, which are ISO certified, and are utilising overseas companies will consider looking to the NCBJ, to work with them as their validating body,” he encouraged.He further added that the certification enables quality management systems that will be of real benefit to organisations. Such certification, he noted, also helps to manage businesses effectively, and put into place, best practice methodology.Chairman of the NCBJ, Dr. Neville Swaby, said the organisation welcomes the move, and will be increasing its certification drive, through a number of initiatives, to accredit as many companies as possible, by year-end.“The ISO 9001 certification will definitely improve on our quality of service, productivity, and profitability. The NCBJ takes you from the initial stage of certification, and constantly monitors your progress, as you go along. We work with you to make sure you conform to the standards that are necessary, both locally and internationally,” he said.Meanwhile Manager of the NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, commended NCTVET for choosing her agency for the certification of their quality management system.She also advised that companies certifying their management systems through NCBJ receive several benefits. These include significant foreign exchange savings, value-added auditing, and an appreciation of the Jamaican business environment.“The NCBJ’s current suite of services include: certification to ISO 9001-Quality Management System, and ISO 14001-Environment Management System,” the NCBJ Manager informed.“A certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 or any other management system enhances a company’s marketability by assuring its clients and stakeholders that the business is operating at the highest level in terms of efficiency, product and service quality,” she noted.She lauded the work of the NCBJ auditors and technical experts, who have been playing a tremendous role in the agency’s daily operations.The NCBJ was established in April 2007 and is accredited by ANSI ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to provide easy access to management systems certification by local organisations.ANAB assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organisations conforming to management system standards.For more information, persons can contact the NCBJ at 619-1131, 632-4275 or email [email protected]last_img read more

PM Singles Out Technical and Vocational Training for Special Attention

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the technical and vocational training areas are being singled out for focus, and that this has already begun with the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) being merged with the HEART Trust/NTA.He says such an important and strategic move, which will create a national training organisation, will provide services for members of the population who are not attached to any institution of training.Speaking at an appreciation function for retired Spalding High School Principal, Alphansus Davis, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on April 5, the Prime Minister said it is estimated that some 130,000 youngsters are either not in school, not attached to a training institution or have no skills.“We must garner, hone, take charge of, and train those young people, because they can in a short period of time, provide the labour force that we need to drive the new growth industries in our country,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister argued that Jamaica’s education system is a binding constraint on the country’s growth prospects, and that 10 years ago, he did not think the problem today would be that there are not sufficient trained workers.“We have industries that are growing at a faster rate than we can supply them with labour. If you look at the growth in business process outsourcing and logistics, we are not turning out enough trained graduates,” Mr. Holness said.He said the Government has to double down on what is being done in education, which has a budget this year of $101.6 billion, up from $98.9 billion last year, adding that taxpayers should be asking what the money is being used for and whether their children are benefiting enough from the budgetary allocation.“Make no mistake, the people who are committing the crime, were either failed by the schools or were not in schools. We intend to focus on the education system this year,” he added.The Prime Minister lauded Mr. Davis for his service, noting that when he was the Minister of Education, the retired principal served as his adviser.Mr. Holness said that he is a better person for having benefited from the guidance, direction and fatherly advice of Mr. Davis.“He (Mr. Davis), is a humble, honest, caring, committed man; he is truly a great Jamaican,” he said.Replying to the many tributes paid to him, Mr. Davis thanked everyone for the appreciation function and threw out a challenge for a radical shift to a realignment of the school curriculum to complement career interests.“Make interest-based education the name of the game. Why force children to do subjects in which they have no interest?” he asked.He added that the child who consistently taps his desk may want to be a DJ, so the school should hone in on his interest. To do otherwise, he suggested, would be to discourage this young man, who might later become a behavioural challenge to the school community. Story Highlights Speaking at an appreciation function for retired Spalding High School Principal, Alphansus Davis, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on April 5, the Prime Minister said it is estimated that some 130,000 youngsters are either not in school, not attached to a training institution or have no skills. “We must garner, hone, take charge of, and train those young people, because they can in a short period of time, provide the labour force that we need to drive the new growth industries in our country,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the technical and vocational training areas are being singled out for focus, and that this has already begun with the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) being merged with the HEART Trust/NTA.last_img read more