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Primary schools celebrate Simon Bolivar in poetry

Press Releases — May 31, 2018

The Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre in Downtown Kingston celebrated the 203rd anniversary of Bolivar’s arrival in Jamaica with a Poetry Competition for primary schools on May 15, 2018.

Students from three primary schools gave stirring renditions of their poems about the life and contribution of Simon Bolivar, the Liberator of Spanish America who was exiled in Jamaica for
seven months in 1815.

After careful deliberation by the panel of judges, Zakayla Davis of Rollington Town Primary was awarded first place in the competition. She was followed by Giana Lewis of Holy Family Primary
second and Mercedes Watson of St. Aloysius Primary third.

The Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre was opened in 2015 and was built with funds from the Government of Venezuela through the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF), and the Government of Jamaica.

Mrs. Shellian O’Gere Edwards, Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretary of the PCDF who delivered greetings on behalf of the CEO, Dr. Wesley Hughes, said that the Simon Bolivar Centre was important to strengthening of ties between the countries of the region, and for the redevelopment of the cultural district of Downtown Kingston.

“We encourage the Centre to continue its important work for the development and success of our youth as the future of our country”, Dr. Hughes statement said.

During his sojourn in Jamaica, Simon Bolivar wrote the “Carta de Jamaica or “Jamaica Letter” in which he expressed ideas about the union, solidarity, security and independence of the people of South America and the Caribbean.

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