25/06/2018 – Jamaica Gleaner. / With my own personal experience of preparing for and sitting the CSEC examinations, combined with speaking with schoolmates and hearing about the difficulties faced in getting through a robust CAPE syllabus, the Productivity Club was conceptualised. It was felt that if a structured efficient system was in place for students to understand how to achieve more with the resources they had – including their time – output could be higher.
The club’s main objective has been to introduce and teach students the concept of productivity and how to manage time and resources; as prior to the launch of the club, only students who study management of business were exposed to the concept.
The first year of the club was introductory to the school body and 30 students joined and became active members. The students were introduced to concepts such as Kaizen, and productivity tools such as 5s. They were encouraged to incorporate what they had learnt, and over subsequent weeks, would relay how they had applied it to their lives.
Team-building exercises were carried out for each meeting with the goal to show how working together can increase our efficiency as a community. One such example was an egg-drop activity, where the assemblage was split into groups and provided with limited materials and time to protect their egg from a three-storey drop.
Within 30 minutes, the two teams of students had developed their own unique strategy using the Kaizen concept to save their egg – both teams were successful. The students’ exposure to the new concepts and ideas in fun and innovative ways has been encouraging to all.
The club is currently finishing a Productivity Club Manual, which we would like to be rolled out in schools across Jamaica and which will be the central point of reference and development for the clubs. The long-term goal of our club will be the harnessing of the innovative minds of our youth.
In the end, we hope to inculcate a culture of productivity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and teamwork among students so that they become champions for productivity and innovation. With the club as their guide, students will gain the knowledge and skills to become more productive in both their professional and personal lives.
On behalf of the Immaculate Conception High School’s Productivity Club, I would like to thank the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) for their continued support throughout the year. With JPC’s support, the hope of extending productivity clubs in schools across Jamaica is made possible.
– Rachel Barham is the president of the Immaculate Conception High School Productivity Club.