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Educator urges promotion of positive values across society

February 27, 2014

PRINCIPAL of St James-based Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, Dr Asburn Pinnock, is calling on Jamaicans to promote discipline and positive values in all areas of the society.

"Let us not allow our unfortunate economic situation and International Monetary Fund (IMF) stipulations to deflect our focus from the need to bond together to fight against indiscipline in our society. We owe that to Sir Alexander Bustamante and the rest of our National Heroes," Dr Pinnock said.

The principal was addressing a civic ceremony to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante, held at his birthplace in Blenheim, Hanover, on Monday.

Quoting the national hero who declared in 1938 that "without discipline, we cannot succeed; and with disorder we will fail", Dr Pinnock noted that negative values and attitudes have haunted the nation for a long time.

"Indiscipline and disorder have caused us to miss out on investment opportunities from local funding as well as from international sources. It has caused us to spend billions of dollars on security bills, monies which could have been invested in education, health care and infrastructural development," the principal said.

"I strongly believe that the secret to our economic success is discipline. If we create and nurture a more disciplined workforce, more disciplined schools, more disciplined churches, more disciplined parents, more disciplined communities, then we can't help but have a more disciplined society, poised to attain all its targets, both socially and financially, resulting in a wealthy and successful Jamaica," Dr Pinnock asserted.

The principal emphasised that the talents and skills of the young people must be developed. "Let us also teach them to think and to be creative and most of all to love themselves," he urged.

Dr Pinnock said the work of Sir Alexander Bustamante will never be forgotten and "citizens will return year after year to pay homage to this great Jamaican hero".

Several uniformed groups and students representing educational institutions across the parish of Hanover gave performances in poetry, song and dance.

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