Students of Spanish from various educational institutions across Kingston, St. Andrew and surrounding parishes will gather at Webster Memorial United Church to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, in a Carol Service conducted entirely in Spanish on Tuesday, November 22. The National Spanish Carol Service is coordinated by Ms. Emma-June Bell, a teacher and author and is supported by the Jamaica Spanish Language Review in partnership with The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and the Embassy of Spain.
“Over the years, with this activity, I have seen students gain confidence not only in the language but in themselves,” stated Emma-June Bell, Founder and Coordinator of the National Spanish Carol Service.
“The classroom setting is great, but to continue to motivate our students we must set them goals outside of the textbook and make every day a memorable connection for them. And in Jamaica, there’s nothing quite like Christmas, so connecting Spanish culture and language to a time that every Jamaican child knows well, makes this Carol Service a powerful learning tool. It’s also highly entertaining,” concluded Bell.
For the 11th staging, the Embassy of Spain encouraged the participation of Spanish-speaking countries with Embassies and Consulates in Jamaica.
The event which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information stands as an excellent model for cultural activities that encourage bilingualism, a tool of distinction in today’s market place.
Representatives of Spain, the USA, Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, El Salvador have worked over the past months withCrayon College, Calabar High School, Shortwood Teachers’ College, Hillel Academy, Meadowbrook High School, Norman Manley High School, Holy Childhood High School, Immaculate Conception High School, The Music House, Excelsior High School, Kingston Technical High School, Convent of Mercy Academy, St. George’s College, Alpha Insitute, Portmore Missionary Preparatory, Half Way Tree Primary, Bustamante High School, Promise Learning Centre, American International School of Kingston, to make this year’s staging a reality.