The Ambassador of Mexico to Jamaica, H.E. Cecilia Jaber hosted forty-five International Proxy Parents (IPP) Scholarship Winners from thirteen schools and their guidance counsellors, at her residence in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew, recently.
Each year, the Education Committee of the International Proxy Parents (IPP) arranges for different diplomatic missions in Jamaica to host the IPP Students Social. It gives IPP awardees a unique exposure to foreign cultures and teaches them first-hand about different countries. Last year the Ambassador of Japan hosted the annual event.
Students from Rusea’s High School, Queen’s School, Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha, Knox College, Jamaica College, Dunoon Technical High School, Calabar High School, St Andrew High School, Kingston College, Merle Grove High School, Wolmer’s Girls School, Ardenne High School and Holy Childhood High School, who were awarded scholarships in 2017 totalling over a million dollars ($1mil.), spent a Friday afternoon at the Ambassador’s residence where they had the opportunity to meet the Ambassador, relax with their IPP mentors, eat delicious Mexican food and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
The Ambassador welcomed the students and expressed her pleasure at hosting the winners. She presented an interesting film on Mexico, which highlighted the ancient history and culture of the country. This was followed by a lively question and answer session. Later the students had an opportunity to chat informally with the Ambassador, try on Mexican sombreros, view other Mexican items on display and give personal reports on their academic progress at school. Mrs Marie Cunningham-Clarke, President of IPP, encouraged the awardees to keep up their grades and to always remember to “give back”, when they become successful adults in the future.
Her Excellency Cecilia Jaber previously served as Ambassador of Mexico to Ireland, Deputy Chief of Mission in Canada, and Head of Political Affairs in Paris. As an experienced Foreign Service Officer, she has served in numerous posts in the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Mexico.