The New Life Organisation (NEWLO) at Palmiste, St. John is celebrating 30 years as a technical and vocational institution.
The institution which is the brain child of Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles of the Roman Catholic Church, was set up to give a second chance to students who did not perform well at school.
NEWLO which was once known as Pope Paul’s Camp began operations one year after the demise of the ill-fated 1979-83 People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) of late Marxist leader, Maurice Bishop.
It has as its motto: “Commitment To Our God, Our Country and Our Future.”
It is reported over the past 30 years, the Catholic-run institute has trained over 3500 young people, the majority being males in various technical areas.
Young people between the ages of 15 and 25 years are exposed to a diverse program of training in areas such as auto mechanic, masonry, plumbing, agriculture, general maintenance, electrical installation, hospitality arts, cosmetology, sewing, childhood education, air condition and refrigeration, and most recently information technology and communication (ITC).
A fun day carded for today (Friday, September 26th) at the Cuthbert Peters Park, Gouyave in St. John’s is targeted at bringing Past Students together with the aim of forming an alumni.
The final activity commemorating NEWLO’s 30th anniversary is a family day at the residence of former Governor General Sir Daniel Williams at Westerhall, St. David’s on October 5.
During the family day activity, recognition will be given to 30 past trainees of the institution.