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Local activities to mark the celebration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2010, culminated on Thursday September 16th 2010 (World Ozone Day), with a street march and rally by Secondary School children.

For the first time ever, the National Ozone Unit (NOU), of the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance Grenada, organized a week of activities to commemorate World Ozone Day.

Under the theme, “Ozone Layer Protection: Governance and Compliance at their best ”, this year’s activities began with the erection of a banner, displaying the theme, on September 1st , at the front of the NOU’s Office on the Carenage, St. George’s. This was done as a means of creating awareness of World Ozone Day.

During the week of activities, which ran from September 13th – 16th , a special ceremony was held at the Wesley College to recognize young Jonissa Auguste, a student of the school, who created the painting that was used for the calendar that was produced by Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean as a regional public awareness activity. At the school, a billboard with a copy of the painting was also erected. Two other billboards with Ozone Protection messages were also erected, one at the Beacon High School in St. George’s and another in St. Andrew’s.

Another major activity of the week was the launch of a scholarship program in which ten (10) students received full two year scholarships to attend the TA Marryshow Community college in order to complete the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning program there.

The highlight of the celebrations was, a Student March and Rally on September 16th . Approximately 250 students and teachers from secondary schools throughout Grenada converged in the capital city, St. George’s, and marched through the streets carrying banners and waving placards displaying ozone protection messages. This attracted several onlookers and persons were seen lining the streets to view the march and to give support to the participants.

The march terminated with Student Rally at the Grenada National Stadium. At the rally the students were addressed by:

  • National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith;
  • Schools Activities Co-ordinator from the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Michelle Warrick;
  • Minister for Environment, Honorable Michael Church, who delivered the feature address; and
  • A student at the Beacon High School, Ms. Isis Richards, who read the address sent by the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki moon.

Other highlights of the rally included:

  • The presentation of prizes to the winners of the World Ozone Day radio quiz, and
  • The rendition of an original environmental song by the students of the Wesley College, much to the delight of the student audience.

ST. GEORGE’S , GRENADA , Thursday, September 16, 2010: As part of the activities to mark the celebrations for World Ozone Day, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, launched a Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Scholarship Program for students pursuing the two year Refrigeration and Air-conditioning course at the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).

Ten (10) successful students were presented with their scholarship packages during a ceremony held at TAMCC on Tuesday 14th September, 2010. The scholarship package includes financial assistance to cover all of the associated costs for the two year program, as well as toolkits for practical purposes.

Funding for the scholarship program is provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), through the NOU, as part of Grenada’s Terminal Phase-out Management Plan (TPMP) for Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The toolkits were provided by the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). The total cost of the scholarship program is approximately EC$15,000.00.

Present at the ceremony and delivering remarks were: Minister for the Environment, Honorable Michael Church; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Mrs. Eunice Sandy-David; Dean of the School of Applied Arts and technology, TAMCC, Mr. Bernard Mc Cabe; and National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith . The Keynote address was delivered by Mrs. Carol Adams Vazquez, former Human Resource Manager of the St. George’s University. Mrs. Vazquez, in her address, charged the awardees to grasp this opportunity with both hands and to make optimum use of their studies at TAMCC.

In addition to the presentation of scholarship packages, presentations were also made to TAMCC. The Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) presented TAMCC with a Recovery and Recycling machine for Mobile Air-conditioning Systems, valued at over US$5,000.00. This presentation was made by the President, Mr. Michael Mitchell. The National Ozone Unit presented TAMCC with a package of tools and equipment, valued at EC$3000.00, to be used to enhance their refrigeration and air-conditioning program. This presentation was made by Mr. John Auguste, Senior Energy Officer at the Ministry of Finance.

Scholarship awardee, Denis Lyons, thanked the NOU and GRAVA on behalf of the ten awardees and pledged that they will take full advantage of the scholarship opportunity to enhance their ability, create opportunities for self employment, and contribute to the protection of the ozone layer.

ST. GEORGE’S , GRENADA , Wednesday, September 15, 2010: At a brief ceremony during the morning assembly of the Wesley College Secondary School on Monday 13th September 2010, officials of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, made a special presentation to Jonissa Auguste, a student at the school.

Jonissa was awarded for creating a painting that was used in the Regional Network Calendar, the highlight of a Caribbean Regional Public Awareness activity organized by the National Ozone Officers of the English speaking Caribbean. Jonissa received a cheque for EC$500.00 and a certificate of recognition.

During Monday’s brief ceremony, Project Officer in the NOU, Mr. Leslie Smith, indicated that Jonissa’s work received international recognition through the worldwide distribution of the calendar.

The NOU also took the opportunity to make two presentations to the school body. They were presented with:

  • A billboard with the painting created by Jonissa. This billboard was unveiled at the school following the assembly; and
  • Porter size paintings of art – given to each classroom and the staffroom.

These presentations were all made as part of the week of activities leading up to International Ozone Day which will be celebrated on Thursday September 16, 2010, under the theme: “Ozone layer protection: governance and compliance at their best.”

Mr. Smith used the opportunity to remind the students and teachers of the need to protect the Ozone Layer and the effects to human health by destruction of the ozone layer. He advised them on protecting themselves from the damaging effects of the ozone layer depletion.