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Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Songwriting Competition

High Schoolers in Jamaica are invited
to participate in the inaugural event!

The Song Should Be Focused on
‘Strong Black Women & Their Role in History.’

Teachers should submit song(s) no later than June 1, 2019; with student(s) bio and head shot.

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  • 1st place $50,000, plus other splendid prizes
  • 2nd place $25,000, plus other splendid prizes
  • 3rd place $15,000, plus other splendid prizes

Judging Criteria

Song Structure and Composition(20 Points)

  • The song has a clear theme or cohesive idea
  • The song has clearly identifiable sections, verse, chorus, etc.

Lyrics(20 Points)

  • The song is written in English or Patois
  • The lyrics evoke an emotional response from the listener
  • Lyrics are syntactically and grammatically correct, while allowing for colloquial expressions and artistic language use.
  • The lyrics are singable and memorable
  • The lyrics have an identifiable rhyme scheme or pattern

Originality and Content(60 Points)

  • The song expresses the theme in a new or fresh way
  • The song is memorable
  • The song has commercial potential
  • The song must have a title
  • The song focused on strong black women and their role in history

Harambe March-June 2019

Highly Successful 5th Annual Rita Marley Foundation (JA) Public Speaking Competition

In This Issue

  • Highly Successful 5th Annual Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Public Speaking Competition
  • Centre for Reparation Research & The National Council on Reparation
  • Paul-Davey Ashley
  • Mr. Tyrone Gunnie
  • Beverley Lashley
  • Seens from The Magnificent Event
  • Caring for Our Elders to Preserve Our Future
  • Immeasurable Thanks
  • I-THREE Recipients of Iconic Group Award at the 2019 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association Honour Awards.

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4th Annual Speaking Competition

You are Officially invited to the 4th Annual Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Public Speaking Competition

In Celebration of works of Dr. Alfarita Constantia Marley OD/LITT (Rita Marley)
& Hon. Robert Nesta Marley OM(Bob Marley)

Topic: Share with us your  opinion on the cause of and remedy for the 
severe weather catastrophes affecting various countries throughout the world.

Learn more: VIDEO: Students ready for Rita Marley Public Speaking Competition

In the Press:
Entertainers Lend Support To Rita Marley Public Speaking Competition

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Organic Farming

From Loop Jamaica:

The Rita Marley Foundation (JA) conducted an intense Organic Farming Training Programme for high school and kindergarten students recently.

Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley Foundation(JA), said the Foundation embarked on the programme to help youths value the importance of organic agriculture and its tremendous benefits to humankind.

The organization brought US-based agricultural consultant, Steven Herbert, to train 105 students at the Bustamante High School in Clarendon. Theoretical and practical sessions were convened three times daily, with 35 students per class.

“Participants were taught the characteristics and practices of organic farming. As opposed to conventional farming which relies heavily on chemicals for fertilization, pest and weed control, organic farming works in unison with nature,” a press release by the Foundation said. “Chemical treatments are replaced with natural methods. Emphasis is on building soil, boosting its organic content and thus encouraging proliferation of soil biology.”

Please read more at Loop Jamaica

Truly A Living Legend

Join the Rita Marley Foundation in Celebrating our Remarkable Founder & President!

On September 15, 2017, University of Fort Hare,South Africa conferred Dr. Rita Marley an Honorary Doctorate Degree for impactful contributions through philanthropy and music. It is Dr. Marley’s second award of this magnitude. In 2015, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree for notable works in preserving and advancing Jamaica’s music and culture.

Ginormous Thanks to the University of Fort Hare for Honouring our Shero, Dr. Rita Marley.

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders
Update essay Competition Winners

2017 Champion , Wolmer’s Girls’ High Schools’, Tamoy Campbell

Seventeen year old Wolmerian, Tamoy Campbell is an outstanding student who serves as Vice President of the Debate Society. She is also a member of the School’s Challenge Quiz Team, Inter School Christian Fellowship, and Jamaica Millennium Vision for Youth. Tamoy successfully completed the CSEC programme and intends to follow up academically, by enrolling in the Sixth Form programme. She looks forward to pursuing a stellar career in Law and Politics.

2016 Titleholder, William Knibb Memorial High School’s, Nastacia Linton

A remarkable student, Nastacia successfully completed recent CSEC exams. She plans on furthering Sixth Form studies at William Knibb Memorial High School. Nastacia is focused on becoming an accomplished medical practitioner.

2015 Winner, William Knibb Memorial High School’s, Nastassia Grossett

Soon after participation at the Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Essay Competition, Nastassia moved to the U.S.A to pursue tertiary education. William Knibb Memorial High School teacher, Marlon Reid, shared that Nastassia has always desired to study Psychology. A model student who thrived academically. Nastassia was appointed Head Girl and president of Key Club in grade 11.

Developing Future Leaders

Rita Marley Foundation(Jamaica) Developing Future Leaders
Update on Winners of the Public Speaking Competitions

Our impressively articulate reigning champion, Oshnel Bryan, was recipient of and successfully completed, a full summer scholarship at Yale University, U.S.A. Oshnel also obtained a full scholarship to pursue studies at United World College, U.S.A.

Following our competition, the eloquent Bobby Francis, entered and won other oratory events. Bobby is Vice President of the Student Council at York Castle High School and an honour roll student. He is also a lay preacher at his church. It is there he developed oratory skills.

A masterful orator, Xaundre Mohansingh is studying medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He also serves as President of Debate & Oratorical Society at Elsa Leo-Rhynie Hall (Towers Hall). Xaundre is very active in Advent Fellowship and is the Cell Group Leader for Towers Hall.